THE LIBRARY OF THE
THE COLLECTION OF
JOHN SPRUNT HILL
CLASS OF 1889
This book must not
be token from the
Form No. 4J1
Shadow of Hampton Mead.
MKS. ELIZABETH VAN LOOE
Author of "A Heart Twice Won.'*
"The Shadorv of Hampton Mead" is the story of three fatnilies, two of which are
American, and the vary ittg fortunes of each and all of these are related with a force
and freshness which tnay startle, but must please. Hampton Mead, a. plantation in
North Carolina, is described with a great deal of personal liking and pride , its prin-
cipal features being placed before the reader with a painter's skill and a poet' s feel-
ing. The story opens in this country, and when well developed, is transferred to
England, where, in full contrast, life-passages and love-passages arc presented — not
in London alone, but in an EarV s palatial hotne in Lancashire, and in an ocean-
washed castle on the rocky coast of Cornivall. There is infinite variety in the plot
as well as in the characters, and the wind-up of this romantic tale, in which the
" wrong is made right," dispenses poetical justice to all, with retributive punishment
to the wrong-doers.
T. B. PETERSON & BROTHERS;
306 CHESTNUT STREET
GEN, WADE HAMPTOIf,
RESPECTFULLY DEDICATE THIS BOOK,
I. THE MOUNTAIN HOME 23
II. LAWRENCE HASTINGS 30
III. THE WOOD NYMPH 36
IV. A FATHER'S DARLING 43
V. WALTER'S LOVE - 49
VI. BROTHER AND SISTER 67
VII. A DARK BEAUTY 65
VIII. THE LOST FOUND 70
IX. UNDER THE WAVES 75
X. THE FIRST SHADOW 82
XI. WHAT IS THIS I HEAR ? 90
XII. WALTER IS TRACKED 104
Xin. A DARKER SHADOW 113
XIV. THE WILL 122
XV. LADY HESTER 132
XVI. LOST AGAIN 140
XVII. THE MEAD IS DESERTED 147
X VIIL IN LONDON 153
XIX. THE MASK FALLS 159
XX. I WILL WAIT 167
XXI. BAD NEWS 173
XXTT. CASTLE ROOK 180
XXIII. LIND HUKST '. 189
XXIV. TRAPPED 197
XXV. HE MUST BE TAKEN 209
XXVI. amy's courage 214
XXVII. LADY HESTER IS FOLLOWED 222
XXVIII. IS THERE NO HOPE ? 233
XXIX. WHAT MAMMY SILVIA KNEW 241
XXX. THE HALF-BREED'S REVENGE 251
XXXI. FATHER AND DAUGHTER 260
XXXII. HOMEWARD BOUND 268
XXXIII. THE SHADOW IS GONE 277
Shadow of Hampton Mead.
BY THE AUTHOR OF
«A HEAKT TWICE WON."
THE MOUNTAIN HOME.
A LOVELY May morning in the mountainous
regions of North Carolina. How grand,
how beautiful! a picture worthy of an artist's
pencil or a poet's dream ! The majestic, towering
mountains clothed in all their royal splendor.
Ah! how grand was the scene!
How strange it is that people will leave
unexplored the beautiful scenery of our beloved
America, and brave the perils of the ocean, to
wander through the old world, in quest of the
beauties of nature, leaving behind them some of
24 THE MOUNTAIN HOME.
the grandest scenery in the universe, only to
return at length weary and dissatisfied. They
have visited the old ruins of England, Ireland,
and Scotland ; they have beheld the day-god as
he vanished from sight, kissing with his rosy lips
the far-famed Bay of Naples, flecking its bosom
with tints of gold and azure ; they have stood
upon the shores of Lake Como, have seen the
Alps, Vesuvius belching forth her streams of lava
and fire, and the richly cultivated shores of
the Rhine, little dreaming of what they have
missed in their own land by never having seen
the grand and glorious scenery of the south-
western portion of North Carolina.
'Tis true the traveller finds much to interest
him in art, in making the tour of the old world,
but tell us where he will find, where the Creator
has bestowed so much beauty in one small
compass, as was visible to the beholder looking
upon Hampton Mead, where the scene of our
Hampton Mead was built in the year 1790, by
THE MOUNTAIN HOME. 25
a wealthy young Englishman, bearing the name
of Hampton. He was the last of his race, and
believed in a free government. In 1789 he landed
in Norfolk, Virginia, with vast wealth, and
immediately set about seeking for a locality in
which to build himself a home. With a faithful
servant he set out on horseback to explore the
mountainous regions of Virginia, Tennessee, and
North Carolina. One afternoon, after a hard
morning's ride, Mr. Hampton and his servant
halted on the banks of a clear mountain river.
On each side, for half a mile, the ground gradually
sloped from the base of the mountain to the
water's edge, which was as clear as crystal. Mr.
Hampton could see fish sporting in and out from
between the rocks. After having gazed for some
time into its clear, limpid depths and watched
their meanderings, he suddenly raised his head
and cast his eyes over the beautiful landscape
which lay stretched out before him, and they
kindled with rapt delight: then turning to his
servant, said :
26 THE MOUNTAIN HOME.
"WilkeSj we will go no further; here I will
pitch my tent."
In the course of a few days, he was the pos-
sessor of several thousand acres of land. Ere
many weeks had passed, he had several men at
work getting out stone with which to build the
Mead, as he proposed calling it. This was in
1789, and in one year's time the building was
completed. Mr. Hampton was twenty-eight years
of age at this time, and for the first time in his life
thought he would like to have a wife. A year
later, in Wilmington, he found one of rare beauty
and culture, and transplanted her to his new
home. But his wedded bliss was of short duration,
for she only lived long enough to give him two
children, AY alter and Norva, and then passed
away like a beautiful dream.
Her sweet memory was buried deep in the
heart of her devoted husband; 'twas the shrine at
which he worshipped, so much so, that he never
found another to occupy her place, and he dedi-
cated his life to his children and his home.
THE MOUNTAIN HOME. 27
When Walter and Norva were twelve and ten
years of age, he took them to Philadelphia, and
placed them at school, where they remained for
eight years ; at the expiration of which time Mr.
Hampton sailed with them for Europe. They
were absent nearly two years, and when they
returned to the Mead, Walter Hampton was
twenty-one years of age, and Norva nineteen.
Walter was as noble a specimen of manhood as
you could wish to see : tall, broad-shouldered, deep-
chested, and well-developed — with keen, sj)arkling
blue eyes and a profusion of sunny brown hair.
His sister was just his opposite in complexion.
She was above the medium height, and as graceful
as a fawn ; with masses of blue-black hair crown-
ing her classic head, and pure white brow with
its delicately penciled eyebrows of inky blackness,
beneath which a pair of soft, tender, black eyes
shone out, fringed with long, jetty lashes, which
swept her dark and beautiful cheeks like pensive
shadows. Mr. Hampton almost worshipped his
daughter, for whenever he looked upon her beau-
28 THE MOUNTAIN HOME.
tiful face he saw the image of his lost wife, who
had passed away so soon. Never was a daughter
more fond of a father than Norva Hampton.
Walter was also very much attached to his father.
With his son, Mr. Hampton was gently firm in
any course he marked out for him; and in the end
Walter usually gave in. There was a time coming
when Mr. Hampton would find that Walter had
inherited all his father's decision of character and
strength of purpose. On their way from Europe
Walter had asked his father to allow him to
remain in New York, or some other city, for a
time ; but Mr. Hampton did not wish to return to
the Mead leaving his son behind.
Now we find them at the Mead, anticipating
the arrival of a guest, Mr. Lawrence Hastings,
from London, who had met Norva the vear
before while in that great metropolis; and the
soft warm tints of the blush rose come and sro
on the dark olive cheeks of the beautiful girl
when she thinks of the expected result of this
visit. When the Christmas holidays shall come,
THE MOUNTAIN HOME. 29
she will be Lawrence Hastings' wife ; but she is
not to leave her father and her brother. Walter
and Norva were very strongly attached to each
other (something quite rare in those degenerate
days), and when he suffered himself to think of
her approaching marriage a shudder passed over
him. But she seemed to be so supremely happy,
as also her father, that he said but little on the
subject after he had once fully expressed himself;
and, on this evening, when Mr. Hastings is
expected to put in an appearance at the Mead, his
fine, noble features are contracted as with pain.
He does not like his prospective brother-in-law,
and feels that a shadow will rest like a dark pall
over Hampton Mead when once Mr. Hastings
enters its walls.
30 LAWRENCE HASTINGS.
PEACEFULLY flowed the waters of the moun-
tain river; and the richly-tinted forest
leaves glowed in the dying rays of the sun.
How grand and imposing Hampton Mead looked,
with the majestic mountains for a background,
and all nature bathed in the brilliant hazy light
of the autumn sun, which was fast declining, and
as it sank to rest, gilding the mountain tops with
the halo of a dying day — a day that was about to
step from time into eternity.
As we have remarked before, the house was
built of stone ; the building was two stories in
height, with a wide hall running through its
length, above and below. The rooms were large,
high, and airy. AYe care not so much to describe
an old house, as we do the well-kept grounds,
although old houses usually have a strange
LAWRENCE HASTINGS. 31
fascination about them to the lovers of antiquity,
that the most elegant modern palace does not
The Mead stood in the centre of a large park or
lawn, dotted with ffia'antic oak, beech and chestnut
trees. These kings of the forest had been topped
and trimmed until they were nearly of one height;
and viewing; them from the side of the mountain
had the appearance of a beautiful green plain.
The under branches were trimmed to a con-
siderable distance, giving a chance for small
growths, such as evergreens of almost every
description and variety, and rare flowering shrubs.
The sward was smooth as a floor, and looked like
a vast emerald sea clothed in their beautiful
verdure. To the left of the house, some two
hundred yards, w^as a beautiful artificial lake,
from whose silver bosom rose several little islands
thickly 'planted with evergreens and flowers.
Upon its cool and placid waters pleasure-boats
were rocking to and fro, gently swayed by the
soft breeze. This lake was fed by means of pipes,
32 LAWRENCE HASTINGS.
leading from a cold welling spring from out the
mountain side; and by the same means the
beautiful fountains threw up their silver sprays
far into the air, shooting forth their splendor as
they fell into the great basins hewn from the
veined marble which was found in abundance
near by. The grounds were most artistically laid
out in wide drives, and spacious walks covered
with gravel almost as white as snow, and bordered
with different kinds of small shrubs ; interspersed
irregularly were many handsome pieces of rare
and costly statuary, and also several summer-
houses, which added greatly to the effect. All
this had cost Mr. Hampton not only a large
amount of money, but a great deal of time,
patience and labor.
Just as the last rays of the sun were smiling a
farewell to the day, kissing the mountain tops,
softly gilding the tree-tops and casting golden
shadows on the clear waters as if loth to sink to
rest until another day, a large travelling carriage
entered the avenue and rolled slowly along the
LAWRENCE HASTINGS. 33
wide drive, up to tlie front entrance of the man-
sion. The bhack coachman alighted and opened
the carriage door ; and a young man of five and
twenty summers stepped from the carriage.
He was tall and well-proportioned, with auburn
hair, and beard almost red, light blue eyes, and a
clear, healthy complexion. The stern, even cruel
expression of the mouth was hidden by a heavy
moustache. As he raised his eyes to the
entrance he beheld Norva Hampton, whose black
eyes and crimsoned cheeks spoke a happy and
cordial welcome to the traveller. The young
man sprang nimbly up the marble steps, and
attempted to take Norva in his arms; but she
drew back, and said, while she held o^ut her
fair, jewelled hand :
"Mr. Hastings, I am most happy to welcome
you to America, and to my mountain home."
" Many thanks, my lovely queen," said Law-
rence Hastings, bending gracefully and kissing the
delicate hand of his betrothed wife.
He had never dared to venture to press her
34 LAWRENCE HASTINGS.
lips. She loved him with all the strength and
fervor of her pure, sweet soul ; but could allow no
man to take the liberty of pressing his lips to
hers, save her father and brother.
At this moment both made their appearance.
Mr. Hampton expressed his pleasure at seeing his
guest, and bade him a hearty welcome; Avhile
Walter bowed coldly, and said :
" He hoped Mr. Hastings had had a pleasant
Their eyes met. Those of Hastings emitted
gleams of triumph ; and the reddish blonde-
moustached lip was wreathed with a defiant
smile. Not a muscle of Walter's face gave token
of his feelings. It still wore that cold, stern
expression, and the dark blue eyes looked almost
black. Norva and her father could not help
noticing this coldness on the part of Walter, and
this was the only shadow in the sky of Norva's
happiness. She could not understand why it was
that her brother treated her lover with such cold
and utter indiiference. He belonged to a good
LAWRENCE HASTINGS. 35
family, was well educated, was fascinating in his
manners, and exceedingly handsome. What more
could Walter desire in his sister's husband?
Norva consoled herself by thinking it was one of
those unaccountable prejudices that often arise in
the mind, and would wear away after they had
become better acquainted. Could Norva Hampton
have read Lawrence Hastings' character as did her
brother, her fond and trusting heart would have
grown faint with disappointment and died within
her. She did not; and when she again looked
into the eyes, that such a short time ago had
gazed into her brother's with so much defiance,
she was fascinated with their strange and beau-
tiful, but powerful expression.
THE TTOOD NYMPH.
IT is not our intention to give an analysis of
Mr. Hastings' character at present, but let
the following pages reveal the leading traits of a
low, cunning nature. After he had been at the
Mead for a few days, he and Walter took their
fowling-pieces and went upon the mountains for a
hunt. Deer were very plentiful in those days,
and both of the young men were fond of the sport.
Distant from the Mead some two miles, on the
side of the mountain, stood an old log-cabin.
It was erected by a trapper when Walter was
a child. During Walter's stay in Philadelphia
the trapper had died, and the cabin had had no
other tenant since, until two weeks before the
arrival of Hastings. Walter had heard- the
negroes talking of a half-breed Cherokee Indian
woman, named Hester Spots wood, and her grand-
THE WOOD NYMPH. 37
child, having taken possession of the cabin ; but
he had never seen them. So on this day he made
up his mind to go by the cabin, and get a glimpse,
if possible, of their new neighbors.
As he and his companion drew near the cabin
their attention was attracted to a strange, beauti-
ful sight. About fifty yards from the cabin was
a clear spring, bubbling out from between two
large rocks : this water, so cool, pure and refresh-
ing, went dancing down the mountain side, and
over the rocks in merry, rippling cascades, and
met and joined the clear waters of the river a
mile below. Seated on a rock, so she could look
down into the water at her feet, sat a young girl
of fifteen summers. She was bare-headed, and
clothed in coarse, but neat, attire ; a wreath, artis-
tically arranged, of richly-tinted autumn leaves,
rested on her golden hair, which fell in beautiful
long curls over her neck and shoulders. . She was
gazing in the water at the reflection of her own
beautiful face, and after a time broke into a soft,
silvery laugh. The notes were so soft, thrillin
and sweet, it reminded the two young men, who
stood looking at her, and listening to her, of sweet-
voiced music, which out-rivalled in its purity the
grand carillon of bells in the Tower of Les Halles,
at Bruges. Soon she raised her eyes from the
water, and the young gentlemen had a good view
of the delicate contour of her fair, sweet face.
Almost the instant she raised her head she en-
countered the gaze of the young men, and started
violently, and a painful blush suffused her face as
she cast a downward glance at her small, bare feet.
" Egad ! Hampton, is this the kind of game
you are in quest of? If so, I admire your taste.
Come, let us go and steal a kiss from those scarlet
lips," said Hastings.
" Thank you, but I am not in the habit of in-
sulting ladies," said Walter, coldly. " But I wall
go forward and speak with this young lady, and
introduce myself as her neighbor," and stepping
forward, without another word to his companion,
he paused a few feet from the young girl, and, lift-
ing his hunting-cap with as much easy grace and
THE WOOD NYMPH. 39
respect as if he had been addressing a princess,
said, " I am Mr. Walter Hampton, of Hampton
Mead. Pray, tell me, young lady, whom I have
the honor of addressins: ? "
The bare-footed girl lifted her meek but expres-
sive eyes to the gentleman's face, and said, '' I am
Amy Le Clare, and yonder is my home," and she
pointed with her fair, tapering finger to the old
log-cabin of the hunter, which Walter remembered
By this time Lawrence Hastings had come up to
the spring, and stood gazing at the radiant face
of Amy Le Clare. Walter turned suddenly around
and watched his companion's face. It was flushed
with anticipated pleasure. He felt he had come
unexpectedly on this rare vision of rustic beauty,
and he felt himself privileged to take undue liber-
ties with her ; and even with Walter's eyes fixed
upon him, his nature was so debased that he could
not resist the temptation of saying, " Lovely
nymph of the forest, where did 3'ou spring from?
One kiss from those tempting lips before you go."
40 THE WOOD NYMPH.
It needed but one glance to tell Amy Le Clare
that he could not be trusted, and she sprang to
Walter's side for protection, exclaiming, " Oh, Mr.
Hampton, please do not let him touch me ! "
Walter held out his hand, and said, " Have no
fear, Miss Le Clare. Mr. Hastings is my father's
guest, and the intended husband of my sister.
He shall do you no harm," and as he spoke, Wal-
ter's eyes flashed scornfully at Hastings.
This had the desired effect of somewhat coolimz:
Mr. Hastings' ardor; then, remembering himself,
he lifted his cap politely, and said, " Fair lady,
excuse me; I mean no harm to you."
This simple, untaught maiden of the mountains
bowed, and said, in the sweetest accents, " Sir, if
you are Mr. Hampton's guest, of course you could
mean no harm to a little girl like me," and she
looked up into Walter's face as though she wished
him to stand between her and his companion, for
whom she had conceived a strong dislike. She
was wholly inexperienced, this fair lily, but she
read, as if by intuition, the strange light that shone
THE WOOD NYMPH. 41
from Hastings' eyes as he took in all her girlish
charms, and she felt that he was a dangerous man
Walter observed that a sudden tremor passed
over her frail form, and said, " Miss Le Clare, I
will see you safely home if you will permit me to
do so, and I hope you will pardon our intrusion,
for, I assure vou, I did not dream that I should
encounter you so abruptly when I led my com-
panion by the path that leads to your home, and
I now feel as if I must somehow make amends."
Amy lifted her eyes to his face, and he felt a
strange, sweet thrill of emotion pervade his being ;
for, while staiiding there, he had had time to study
every gracefi^l motion and feature of this young
girl. Never before had his eyes rested on so fair
a picture. She was of medium height, with a form
in perfect harmony with the sweet expression of
her face. The head was well shaped, and crowned
with a wealth of solden hair, combed back from
her fair, young brow. The eyes were large, soft,
and expressive, with long lashes, and delicately-
42 THE WOOD NYMPII.
penciled brows. The face was oval in shape ; the
nose slightly aquiline ; the mouth was perfect, re-
minding one of a sweet rose-bud, and as she smiled
the scarlet lips parted, half displaying the small,
pearly teeth that gleamed between them. Walter,
towering above her, looked down into that strange
and beautiful face, and his fate was sealed.
Without so much as addressing a word to Hast-
ings, he started in the direction of Amy's abode. As
he w\andered out to the old cabin he was astonished
at the purity and sweetness of Amy's language ;
though her garb was so plain and humble, she con-
versed with easy grace and natural eloquence.
She had read Shakespeare, Moore, Scott, and all
the leading poets. She seemed to be conversant
with history, geography and science. Walter was
interested. He felt that the trapper's old cabin
held a mystery which he would take pleasure in
He saw the fair girl-woman safe to the home
that sheltered her, and then turned and walked
slowly back to his companion.
A father's darling. 43
A father's darling.
THE early autumn air was chilly in the moun-
tainous region as night approached, and
Norva Hampton sat in her room with a blazing
pile of hickory wood piled upon the hearth. She
had left the drawing-room for the night and re-
paired to her own rooms, on the opposite side of
the hall from her father's. Her apartments were
fitted up with every luxury that money could pro-
cure. Pictures of great value adorned the walls,
while well-chosen subjects of statuary filled niches
built for their reception. This j)rivate sitting-
room of this worshipped daughter of her father's
heart was furnished with perfect harmony and
Heavy crimson, silken curtains, fell in graceful
folds before the windows, with gold trimmings.
All the chairs and sofas were upholstered in the
44 A father's darling.
same rich coloring. The floors were of black wal
nut and cedar^ and were waxed and polished untij
almost as smooth as glass. Costly Turkish rugs
were laid before the fire-places; couches and
reclining-chairs were scattered about the room in
The rich wine-colored velvet dinner-dress was
laid aside for a soft, clinging, white cashmere
robe, which fell in easy, graceful folds around the
wearer, as she reclined in her low chair, while her
eyes rested dreamingly and strangely upon the
hickory pile that glowed in the fire-place.
She is not alone ; at her side stands an elderly
negro woman combing and brushing out her silky
locks with a hand of loving servitude. This
attendant was a character in her way. She was
" Mammy Silvia," the foster-mother to Walter and
Sleep never sealed her eyelids at night without
her visiting the rooms of her children, as she was
wont to call them. She insisted upon brushing
Miss Norva's hair after her own maid had retired,
A father's darling. 45
and seeins* her safe in bed. After this Labor of
love was accompUshed, she must go to Master
Walter's room, to see that he was not sleeping in
a draft; and make sure that all was well with
him. When this was done she could lay her
head down for sleep. But to-night there is a
strange feeling of unrest in Mammy Silvia's heart,
and as she looks on her beloved young mistress, a
deep-drawn sigh escapes her.
Norva heard the sigh, and quickly said :
" What troubles you, Mammy Silvia ? "
"Oh, chile, my old heart is filled wid many
misgivings on your account. I fear you is not
agwine to be happy when you is Mrs. Hastings, as
you are as Miss Norva Hampton. Now 'scuse me,
chile, but I don't tink Mr. Hastings would make
you as happy as Massa Clieffe Wilbbern could,
and I is very sorry you 'fused him."
" But, Mammy Silvia, you know ClifFe Wilbbern
is the son of my dear mother's brother. You
would not wish to see me the wife of my jcousin ?
And now. Mammy, remember, Mr. Hastings is tlie
46 A father's darling.
man I have chosen; and if you wish to see me
happy, and I feel that you do, never speak
unkindly of him."
" No, indeed, chile, I never will speak dis'-
spec'ful of anybody. You knows, honey, it is not
my nater; for I has as much family pride as de
Hastings or de Hamptons, an when dis young
wiper in sheep's clothing gets a foot-hold on dis
plantation, I will do all in my power to shield his
sins from de eyes ob you an' de world; for I feel
he is sent here to do his master's work. An'
when Mr. Hastings is near me, I almost 'magine I
can see de cloven foot ob de debil, an' hear de
rattlin' ob his chains."
" Mammy ! " and the voice rang out cold and
sharp. "Mammy Silvia, if those words came
from any one else but you, I should order her
from my presence at once ; and if you still persist
in your disrespectful language, I shall feel in duty
bound to do so any way."
" Dar, Miss Norva, chile, may de good Lord
forgib me, an' de debil fly away wid Mr. Lawrence
A father's darling. 47
Hastings. Bat as I had afore told you, honey, I
never speaks dis'spec'ful of any one ; an' to you,
my angel lamb, least ob all de rest ob mankind.
But I is not blind : I can see as far through a
grindstone as de man dat bored de hole in it, an'
when your blessed m udder died, an' gib you a
little tiny baby in my arras, an' said : ' Silvia, be
kind to my little Norva when I is gone ; watch
ober her and shield her from all harm,' I said in my
heart, ' Yes, dear mistress, I will.' An' you knows,
honey, I has always been kind to you an' Massa
Walter; an' when I see dis angel of darkness a
tempting ob you, I feel I is doin' my 'vine Master's
work to speak out an' say, ' Miss Norva, honey,
for de lub of heaven, turn your back on temptation
an' de debil : for he is in dis house, honey ; here
at de Mead. An' de bridal dress, an' de orange
wreaf, an' de veil is all ready for de debil to claim
my young mistress as his bride."
Norva arose to her feet, and pushed the heavy
masses of black hair back from her pale, sweet
face, and pointed to the door : " Leave me,
48 A father's darling.
Mammy Silvia, or I shall ring and inform my
father of the disrespect you have shown me this
evening. There, not another word," she said, as
she saw Silvia opening her mouth to speak.
A sorrowful expression settled on the face of
old Silvia, and she left the room without a word.
When she reached the hall and closed her
mistress' door gently, she rolled up her eyes, and
" Lord, Master in hebben, what does all dis
mean ? I have been ordered from de face of my
chile ; an' now I knows de debil am in dis house
sartin. I wonder if I was to kill de debil, if I
couldn't rebalutionize de world ob some ob its
wickedness, and if when I dies, Massa Walter
wouldn't change my name, and put Becky at de
fountain, ober me, and call me ' Joe an' de ark ? '
I is agwine to his room an' ax him now." And
she went and knocked softly at Walter's door : but
he was not there to bid her come in. So the devil
was not disposed of that night. In fact, dear
reader, he still roams at large, " seeking whom he
Walter's love. 49
WHERE was Walter Hampton, that he was
not in his room at ten o'clock in the
evening? Come with us to the hunter's cabin
upon the mountain side, and there you will find
him. It was September, when he first met sweet
Amy Le Clare ; now it was November, and many
times had his feet wandered over the mountain
path which led to his idol's home. Those visits
were made without his father's knowledge ; for
well he knew that father's pride, and he had
asked himself more than once, how those visits
would terminate. Of one thing he was certain,
and that was, he loved this fair, sweet, brown-eyed
girl with all the fervor and passion of his soul ;
and on this night as he watched the slender,
graceful girl, as she walks back and forth at her
spinning-wheel, drawing out the soft even thread,
50 Walter's love.
that is to be dyed and woven into cloth, it is
very hard for him to refrain from asking her to be
his wife. He looks at Hester Spots wood, the
grand-parent of his darling, and is struck with the
contour of her face. She is not yet fifty, and
remarkably comely and graceful, tall and straight
as an arrow, with large, soft, luminous eyes; with
heavy masses of hair of midnight blackness,
crowning a fine and well-shaped head. Her skin
was dark, but very pure, and the mouth was a
marvel of chiselled beauty.
She, too, sat at a spinning-wheel — for Hester
earned the bread that fed Amy and herself, by
spinning and weaving for the different families in
and around the Mead. During the many times
Walter had visited Mrs. Spotswood he had learned
many things to interest him. He learned that
Hester Boone had been v/ell raised. Her mother
had been a handsome Cherokee; and her father
an Englishman of some means, and a man of
letters. Before she was fifteen years of age she
\eft her parents' protection, and eloped with a
Walter's LOVE. 51
y(3ung man by the name of Spotswood. The fruit
of this marriage was a fair, sweet daughter; to
whom she gave the sweet name of Amy. When
this child was ten years old Mr. Spotswood died,
and left her very poor. At that time she was
living in Norfolk, Virginia. She was too proud to
appeal to her father for forgiveness, and undertook
to earn a support for herself and daughter by
making bead ornaments and peddling them
through the streets and on board of ships. By
this piece of industry she got along very well,
until Amy, her daughter, was fourteen years of
age. One day, not feeling able herself to go out
with her ornaments, she permitted her daughter
to go. Y/hen Hester came to this part of her
story a strange light gleamed from her eyes, and
her voice was low, deep and full of pent-up
passion, her fingers dropped her thread, and her
foot ceased to turn the wheel. She continued :
^^ My Amy did not come home to n^.e that night,
nor the next day, nor the next, nor the next
week, and time flew by until the moon had waxed
52 Walter's love.
and waned twelve times. Then when my heart
was nearly broken, and I had given up all hopes
of ever looking into her starry eyes again, she
came to me one cold winter's night, when the
earth lay deeply wrapt in snow, and the jfleecy
white flakes were still falling: but oh, how
changed she was! She looked like one from the
spirit land, with her mournful eyes-, and her thin,
pale face. She laid a little golden-haired girl of
six weeks in my lap; the voice was very faint
and weary, as she said : ' Mother, this is my child;
we will call her Amy Le Clare. I married her
father the day you sent me out to peddle. I had
met him often before without your knowledge.
Mother, / say, / married Mr. Le Clare ; at least
a man I took to be a minister read the marriage
ceremony and pronounced us man and wife. My
husband took me to Richmond, and he remained
with me until just before the birth of my child.
One morning, getting up later than usual, I found
him gone, with a note lying on my pillow.
'" I took the note and read. It told mv mis-
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guided child to return to me : that Le Clare was
not his name, and that she was not his wife. He
had accomplished her ruin — that was all he
w^anted. He left her, he said, to claim a wealthy
bride. She need never try to find him ; for when
she read these lines he would be on his way to the
ocean, which he would cross to gain his wife. I
learned through my child that this man was not
young, was pleasing in his manners, and very
fascinating. My daughter lived to see the warm
spring-time come, with its soft, gentle south winds
laden with the perfume of flowers, and with her
destroyer's name on her lips, she left me in my
great sorrow. By her cold, still form I fell upon
my knees, and cried aloud to Almighty God to
assist me in finding this man, and avenging my
Amy's wrongs. Since her death I have wandered
from place to place, spinning and weaving, or
doing whatever I could get to do. At length I
wandered to this neighborhood. I can hardly tell
what brought me here ; but I have conceived the
idea that here I will meet my deadly enemy.
Woe unto him, when he stands flice to face witli
Hester Spots wood."
By this time Amy had finished her evening
task; she took her broach from the spindle and
Laid it in a large basket in one corner of the
room, came back softly, set the wheel back
from the fire, and took a low stool at her grand-
Walter Hampton's face expressed a strange,
deep interest in Hester's story; and after she ceased
speaking and commenced to rock her body to and
fro, he said, "Mrs. Spotswood, give up this strange,
mad dream of revenge. Think that your daughter's
wrongs will cry out against this man in the last
day, when all hearts are judged, and remember
that ' Vengeance is mine, and I will repay, saith
the Lord.' "
" Never ! The blood of the noble Cherokee is
thick in my veins. I cannot forego my revenge.
The thoughts of that, when it shall come, sweeten
all other trials and sorrows. I know that when
I am done with that man he will be judged by
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Hi III who cares even for the little sparrows, and
who feeds the young ravens. If a man trans-
gress the laws of the land, he is tried and con-
demned according to the heinousness of his crime.
I could not bring this man to a court of justice;
but when I find him, I will be judge and juror,
and the decision I arrive at shall be faithfully
carried out to the letter."
Amy looked softly up into her grandmother's
face, and laid her hands on her knee. Hester
looked down on Amy's loveh^ face. All at once
she rose to her feet, and, looking in Walter's face,
said, " ivir. Hampton, what brings you to the
hunter's cabin so often ? "
Walter's face paled with these eyes keenly fixed
upon him, and then it flushed, as he said, " Mrs.
Spotswood, I think you know why I come here —
Miss Le Clare is very beautiful, and I love her.
Have I your permission to claim her at some not
very distant day as my wife ? "
A low, mocking^ laudi broke from the half-
breed's lips. " There, Mr. Hampton, is the door.
I had forgotten that Amy was no longer a child.
Go, sir, and never enter this house again."
Walter thought it best to leave when he saw
Hester was so terribly excited. He lifted his hat
courteously, bowed good-night, and went slowly
back to the Mead. It was nearly a week before
he ventured to go to the cabin again, and then he
found it empty. Hester Spotswood and her golden-
haired granddaughter had disappeared, leaving no
clue behind them.
BROTHER AND SISTER. 67
BROTHER AND SISTER.
THE snow was piled high upon the mountains,
and ghttered in the valley below them. The
December morning air was keen and sharp.
Hampton Mead looked very beautiful and grand
to Walter and Norva as they left the mansion for
a morning stroll down by the river. Scarcely a
day ever passed without their taking a long
ramble, if the weather permitted; and they usually
found something new to admire in the beautiful
scenery around them. In this, their last happy
morning walk, at least happy to Norva, the
brother and sister exchanged confidence in regard
to their future. Walter told his sister of sweet
Amy Le Clare, and of his love for her, and of
his father's threat to disinherit him if he did not
dismiss her from his thoughts ; " and that, dear
sister, is impossible while the light of reason, with
68 BROTHER AND SISTER.
-which God has endowed me, is left to me. My
father has never seen this lovely girl, aiid cannot
understand how I can love a girl watli the dark
hlood of the Cherokees flowing in her veins. lie
called her a dark savage of the forest, who had
bewitched me, when I asked his consent to bring
her to the Mead as my wdfe. And now I want
you to use your influence with him in ni}^ behalf.
Norva, I wish you could see and know Amy Le
Clare. She is as fair as a lily, w^ith a superior
mind, and a holy innocence shining from a pure
and spotless soul."
Norva raised her black eyes to her brother's,
and said, " Darling brother, I am sorry for you,
who are so young, but you know our father's firm-
ness of character; if he has set his heart against
this, you might as soon attempt to transform this
clear water at our feet into a sea of blood as to
expect to change his mind upon the subject.
Nevertheless, I will plead with him in your be-
half, and, after next week, I will persuade Mr.
Hastings also to use his influence with father in
BROTHER AND SISTER. 59
your favor. He seems to have a strong influence
over father, anl perhaps after I am married, and
he sees how very happy I am, he will the more
readily give his consent to your union with this
' fair lily,' as you call her."
^'Ah ! I fear not," said Walter, sadly, " for father
informed me last night he wished me to marry
Octavia Stanley, Mr. Lawrence Hastings' step-
» sister, a lady whom I have never seen ; but father
says she is very lovely. If she were endowed
with the grace and beauty of a Hebe, and the
purity of an angel, she could never fill the place in
my heart that Amy Le Clare holds. She is the
guiding star of my future life. She is enshrined
in my heart, and possesses every sweet and lovely
attribute that belongs to woman. You spoke of
* after next week;' that is, after you have become
Mr. Hastings' wife. Oh, sweet sister, is there
nothing I can do or say to prevent this marriage ?
It is for your future happiness I wish to pre-
vent it. It is not worldly position, but it is Mr.
Hastings' utter lack of soul, and when it is too late,
60 BROTHER AND SISTER.
my darling sister, you may awake to this fact. I
want to see you happy. I would almost lay down
my life to make you so. Say/' taking her hands
in his own, "say, can nothing prevent this
"Nothing but death," said Norva, coldly.
Walter's very lips turned pale when he looked
upon her face and beheld the determined light in
When Norva saw" her brother's face pale, she
said, " Brother, you ask me to plead your cause
with our father, and In almost the same breath
you ask me to give up Mr. Hastings. Is this gen-
erous ? I know, Walter, you wish very much to
see me happy ; but now, let me ask you a question :
if I will give up Mr. Hastings, will you promise
never to seek Amy Le Clare again ? "
Walter sank down on the trunk of a fallen tree
and buried his face in his hands. He remained in
this attitude for some time, and when he lifted his
head, Norva saw that in those few moments a ter-
rible wave of anguish had swept over his soul, and
BROTHER AND SISTER. 61
the voice was low and hoarse which answered
'' Yes, sweet sister, for j^our sake I will give up
the darling dream of my life, and live alone for
you, if you will promise not to marry Lawrence
Nora looked on her brother Walter in a pitying
kind of manner, and said :
" Brother, I know you think in doing this, it is
for my good ; but I will not tax your generosity
to the extent of asking you to give up Miss Le
Clare, and sending Mr. Hastings back to London
without me. But I will pay you this compliment
for your proffered, noble sacrifice of love, and
say : I would do it more readily for you than any
other being on earth, not even my dear father
excepted. I cannot give Mr. Hastings up. He is a
part of my being, and my heart is his for weal or
woe. And now, dear brother, let us lay aside our
hopes and aspirations for the life that lies before
us : on this lovely morning try to prepare our
minds to appreciate and enjoy this beautiful
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panorama painted by the hand of our Divine
Creator. Oh, brother, cast your eyes aloft to the
jeweled heads of the ^ twins;' are they not grand?
are they not sublime ?"
When Norva called her brother's attention to
one of the fairest landscapes man's eyes ever
rested upon, her beautiful olive cheeks glowed,
and a tender, dewy moisture gathered in her eyes.
She saw the wisdom, goodness, and greatness of
God in all His works. She loved and revered the
humblest of His creation, and wdien her soul-lit
eyes rested upon the scene, she bowed her head,
clasped her hands, and exclaimed, ^^0 Father,
I acknowledge Thee, the Creator of this grand and
noble universe. The hand and genius of man is
as nothing, when compared with Thy power and
Walter lifted his head, and a tinge of rapt
delight overspread his face, and for a brief space
all else was fori>:otten.
Reader, there are many whose eyes have never
rested upon a mountain, and those who have
BROTHER AND SISTER. 63
never been fortunate to do so, can hardly compre-
hend the grandeur and beauty of the scene upon
Vv'hich Walter Hampton's eyes rested when he
raised his head at his sisters bidding^. Immecli-
ately before him, and the first thing that met his
appreciative gaze, was a clear mountain river,
Vvdiose waters, for purity in color, rivalled the
glittering sapphire. At the point Norva had
called him to look upon, were what is known as the
" twins," a spot wdiere the river forces its way
throudi the rocks, which tower above it for some
two hundred feet. These rocks are perpendicuhir,
with a surface as white as snow. At the top they
are crowned with rich, dark evergreens, whose
branches sway as though they longed to dip their
emerald arms in the limpid waters so hir below
them. The dark-green boughs w^ere slightly
sprinkled with snow that morning, which, with
the briailt ravs of the December sun castino; its
pale golden glimmer over all, added new beauty
to the fice of the lovely landscape.
After gazing at this enchanting scene for some
G4 BROTHER AND SISTER.
time, Norva said : '^ Walter, it is time we were
returning to the Mead, and that I was dressing
to meet our expected guests, who are expected to
arrive to-day from Wilmington."
At this announcement a painful sigh escaped
Walter, for it brought his thoughts back to the
stern realities of life ; and at the present time the
realities were anything but pleasing to his mind.
A DARK BEAUTY. *. 65
A DAR K BEAUTY.
IT was near the luncheon hour when Walter
and Norva returned to the Mead. A com-
modious travelling carriage was just driving
around to the stables. There had been an arrival.
Could it be the guests, expected from Wilmington
— the elder Mr. Hastings and his step-daughter?
Just as they reached the marble steps, they
were met by Mr. Lawrence Hastings, whose eyes
grew soft and tender, for he was looking into
Norva's tender, soulful ones. He held out both
hands to her, and said, " My darling, congratulate
me : my father and sister have arrived."
Just then a strain of low, sweet laughter fell
upon their ears from the reception-room ; a strange
feeling came over Norva, but she put her hands
into Mr. Hastings' extended ones, and said :
" I am very glad your relatives have arrived
66 A DARK BEAUTY.
I feared this heavy fall of snow would have
prevented them from reaching the Mead for some
days. Excuse me now, Lawrence, for I must make
myself present ahle to appear before your father
and sister," and a faint blush dyed her face.
" First meet my sister, Avho utterly refuses to
go to her room until she has seen you," said Mr.
Hastings, leading her to the door of the reception-
room ; " you need make no changes in your dress
to add to vour loveliness."
There was no alternative, and Norva looked
down at her walking-dress, and said, " Miss
Stanley will think me devoid of due respect to
her, if I appear before her in this garb, but I wish
to please you above all things."
Mr. Hastings lifted her hand to his lips, and
said : " Thanks, my darling ; how happy I shall be
when the time comes, when you will permit me
to treat your lijDs thus."
This remark called a blush to her face, which
burned there until she stood before Miss Stanley,
and felt the small snow-flake of a hand in hers,
and heard the low, soft, musical voice ringing in
her ears. When Norva raised her eyes, she was
startled and dazzled at the apparition before her.
A form petite, graceful, and willowy ; dark, rich
glowing complexion; soft, silky black hair,
clustering in soft waves over a low, broad brow,
as smooth as marble ; large, full, sparkling black
Spanish eyes; a small rose-bud mouth, with
glittering white teeth, which showed to good
advantage when those perfectly chiselled lips were
wreathed in smiles, such as played over this
lovely face now. All Norva Hampton could do
was to gaze enchanted, with that soft, fair hand,
still in hers. It might truly be compared to a
snow-flake, for it was as cold as an icicle; but
when those scarlet lips were pressed to hers,
Norva, in a measure, regained her self-composure,
for a cold feeling came over her ; and this gentle,
dignified birdling of the mountain met this Lon-
don lady with easy, quiet dignity and grace. The
first dazzling effect had passed off", and she could
question her of her journey with ease.
68 A DARK BEAUTY.
Lawrence looked on the two young girls, and a
strange light gleamed from his eyes : one he called
his sister, and the other was his betrothed wife.
In four days he would -stand with her at the altar,
and take upon himself vows to love, honor, and
cherish her till death should separate them. She
would then be all his own. What was to become
of this radiant girl he called his sister? He
watched her narrowly, but her countenance was
as calm and serene as a May morning.
At this juncture Aunt Louise, the house-keeper,
appeared at the door for the third time, to show
Miss Stanley to her room. This young lady
arose, kissing her hand to Norva, flashed one
keen, long look at Mr. Hastings, and departed.
After she was gone Mr. Hastings seemed to be
deeply preoccupied for some time. The voice of
his betrothed at length recalled him to himself,
as she said, " Mr. Hastings, if you w ill excuse me
I will go to my room, and prepare to meet your
fiither at luncheon."
An hour later they all assembled in the dining-
room ; not the grand dining-salon, however, nor
A DARK BEAUTY. 69
the snug, cozy one where Mr. Hampton had dined
alone, or with his children since the Mead was
huilt, and which was a favorite with his fair,
sweet wife, but in the general dining-room where
a few gathered together made it very pleasant.
The large dining-salon was seldom opened, except
on grand occasions, such as birth-day parties or
At luncheon Norva met, for the first time, her
intended father-in-law. He was a man of fifty-
five or thereabouts, but one would hardly have
taken him to be so old; in fact he looked but little
older than his son. In stature he was tall, and
his hair was slightly streaked here and there with
threads of silver. An habitual smile played
around his finely-shaped mouth.
At this repast Walter was duly presented to
the elder Mr. Hastings and his beautiful step-
dauahter. A feelins: of aversion came over him
towards the latter, and one of contempt for the
former ; for he saw at a glance that the son was but
" a chip from ofi' the old block," if you will pardon,
dear reader, the blunt but truthful old saying.
70 THE LOST FOUND.
THE LOST FOUND.
EARLY one morning in January, Mr. Hamp-
ton requested Walter to go to the town of
B on important business for him, to have
some papers registered at the Court-house ; and in
a short time Walter was in the saddle and on his
way to the lovely little town, nestled between the
two ranges of mountains — that is, the Smoky, or
a continuation of the Alleghanies, and the Black
mountains. B was fifteen miles from the
Mead, and looked like some fairy gem nestled in
the rich valley on the banks of a beautiful river,
and the great mountains rising on two sides.
As Walter drew near the town, a strange, sweet,
w^ild hope sprang up in his heart. Perhaps he
might come across Hester Spots wood, and her
golden-haired granddaughter. He longed for one
more look into her soft, tender eyes, as the storm-
THE LOST FOUND. 71
lost mariner longs for one glimmering ra}^ of star-
light after hours of storm and darkness. Now that
Norva was married and the most of her time
taken up with her hushand, he longed more than
ever for the presence of his heart's treasure. The
dark, brilliant, vivacious face of Octavia Stanley
had no charms for him, greatly to the disappoint-
ment of his father, who was perfectly charmed
with her. He could not see how Walter could
be indiiferent to her rare and glorious charms ;
and during the month she had been at the Mead,
more than one conversation had taken place con-
cerning her, with reference to marriage, between
father and son. But Walter was true as steel to
the first love of his heart.
Arrivinsr at B , he transacted the business
he had in hand and started for home, going three
miles from B on another road, to remain over
night with a young college friend, who had just
returned from Philadelphia.
The first person he saw as he rode up to the
gate was Hester Spotswood, with a large roll of
cloth under her arm. She was just entering the
httle side gate. There was no mistaking the tall,
straight, dark figure. She stepped like some
queen of the forest. A strange, wild tumult of
feeling came over Walter. His first thought was
to call to her; then he reconsidered the matter
and let her pass on. Hester did not see him, and
it was well for Walter she did not ; for, if she had,
he would not have seen Amy.
Walter found his young friend, Charlie Field,
delighted to see him. After supper, the young
men repaired to the large and handsome librarj^,
to talk over bygone days in the good old Quaker
City. Charlie was studying medicine now, and
would return to his lectures in a few days. After
a time, Walter said :
"Charlie, who w^as that tall, dark-looking
woman that was here this evening, as I came
in? Does she live here?"
"Oh, you mean Hester Spotswood, the half-
breed," replied young Field. " She lives a mile
from here, just on your road. You will pass her
THE LOST FOUND. 7
house to-morrow. She is a strange woman ; raised
in affluence, though poor now. Her father, they
say, is still living and very wealthy; but she
preferred this life of toil, to one of comfort by
returning to her aged father, whose displeasure
she incurred by her marriage. She' has a grand-
daughter, who I think is the most beautiful girl
I ever saw, and if it was not for a pair of soft,
bright eyes away off in the Quaker City, I should
almost be tempted to pluck this wild flower and
plant it here in the garden of Cedar Vale. Miss
Amy Le Clare is very well read, and father is
trying to get her up a school here. He thinks it
a shame for one so lovely and intelligent to live
as she has to live, first one place, and then
another, and working on an old spinning-wheel
day after day."
Walter listened to this account of Amy's life of
drudgery and his warm, tender heart filled with
a fixed purpose. He thought of his father's great
wealth ; of the happy life of his sister, wdio never
knew a want that was not gratified, if tender love
74 THE LOST FOUND.
and money could procure it. He thought of
Lawrence Hastings, who had now taken up his
abode at the Mead, and poor Amy Le Clare, his
heart's idol, was toiling with her delicate hands,
from day to day, to keep the wolf from the door.
This should not be. He would make one more
appeal to his father; then, if the sanction he
required w^ere still refused, he would take his fate
in his own hands. He would marry Amy, and toil
for her, if needs be. The world was wide. He
was young, blessed with a fine constitution,
invigorated by the pure air of his native moun-
tains, and his simple, temperate habits.
The young men talked until late in the night,
and then retired. Next morning, with the bright
winter's sun shining on the frosty heads of the
stately cedars at the Yale, Walter bade his friend
good-bye. As the little negro boy opened the big
gate for him to pass out, he saw the tall form of
Hester going to Cedar Yale again; and a glad,
happy light beamed from his eyes, as he touched
his steed lightly with his spurs, and dashed down
the road in the direction of Amy's home.
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UNDER THE WAVES.
AS Walter flew over the smooth gravel road,
his youthful imagination painted the happy
surprise Amy would feel w^hen he stood before
her. It took his swift steed but a few moments
to bring him to the lonely wayside hut. There
was no fence around the hut; and he rode to the
door and hastily dismounted. The door was
open ; he glanced into the room ; a bright wood-
fire was burning. He could see no one. He
called softly: "Amy."
There was a rustling noise in the further part
of the room that was hidden by the swinging
door. With a low, glad cry. Amy sprang for-
ward and extended her hands, exclaiming : " Mr.
Hampton, I am so glad to see you. Will you
Walter waited for no second bidding, and soon
76 UNDER THE WAVES.
was seated on a rou2;li stool in the little hut,
which w^ould have done credit to a palace for
neatness. In one corner of this room, which was
about twenty feet square, stood Hester Spots-
wood's loom, with a nice piece of checked linsey
that she was weaving for Mrs. Fields. In another
corner stood bed, with a quilt as white as snow.
A rough table with a white cover, two or three
chairs, and the two spinning-wheels, were all the
furniture that room contained, a few shelves
excepted, upon which gleamed some quaint delft-
ware, white ground and with odd figures ! How
destitute the place looked compared to Walter's
own luxurious home a few miles away! His heart
painfully swelled, as the contrast involuntarily
Holding Amy's hand, he said, "Miss Le Clare —
Amy, my darling, will you give me the right to
take you from this life of toil ? Come with me —
now — this morning, and we will go to B and
be married. Then I will take you to a place of
safety, until I can prepare my father to receive you
as his daughter."
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The golden head drooped, and the bright eyes
were veiled, while a crimson tide surged over the
fair, oval face, and the little hands trembled in
Walter's own. " Mr. Hampton, I cannot leave
my dear grandmother ; I am the only being she
has in the world to love and cling to. She says I
can never marry, for she and all her descendants
are cursed for her disobedience to her father."
Tlien a sudden thou2:ht came to her, and she
said, while all the color left her beautiful face,
" Do you remember what grandmother told you at
the hunter's cabin near the Mead, of my poor,
unfortunate young mother and of my birth? Even
if m}^ grandmother was to give her consent to this
marriafre, I am no fittins; mate for vou. Yet, oh,
do not blame my darling young mother," and poor
Amy's voice trembled with deep emotion.
" My darling, I do not blame her," said "Walter,
soothingly, as he pressed his lips to her pale cheek;
" neither do I blame you, and in proof thereof, I
ask you to go with me, knowing your grandmother
would not consent to your marrying any one."
78 UNDER THE WAVES.
"But, Mr. Hampton, what would your father
say if he knew my history ? I have heard he is
very proud. Would he consent to receive as his
daughter so unfortunate a being as myself? And
your proud, beautiful sister, whom I have so often
gazed upon unseen, could she call poor Amy Le
Clare, sister ? No, no, it cannot be," and a low,
sad cry broke from her pale lips.
Walter laid one hand on her golden head, and,
drawing her trembling form to him, asked, " My
darling, my angel, my life, my all, how long will
your grandmother be absent this morning ? "
" She will be gone all day. Mrs. Fields has
some work to be done at the house," faltered Amy,
as her lover kissed her sunny hair.
" Then," said Walter, " come ride behind me.
Whirlwind will take us to B and back again
by one o'clock, and when we return you will be
my wife. I will leave you here with your grand-
mother for a few days, and then return and bear you
in triumph to Hampton Mead. Your grandmother
need know nothing of the marriage until then."
UNDER THE WAVES. 79
Walter was young and sanguine, and with Amy
as his wife, life before him seemed like some
beautiful dream. Amy was but a child, not yet
sixteen. After much persuasion on his part, she
consented, and in a short time they were flying
towards B .
They took a by-road, however, for Walter feared
that Hester might see them. This circumstance
proved disastrous to the young lovers. The clear,
beautiful, winding waters of the Cane river were
very deep at this point. No one ever ventured
to cross it here except in the dry season, when
the water w^as very low. Walter thought to save
time in crossing here, instead of going half a mile
below to Julius' ford. So when he came to the
bank of the stream and looked at the sandy,
pebbly bank, he never thought of danger, but
struck boldly for the opposite shore. Pie had not
gone more than fifteen feet until the noble black
steed and his two riders were in water to the depth
of forty feet. At once Walter was washed from
the saddle, and poor Amy had her hand locked
tightly about his waist, with a cold, frozen expres-
sion of horror on her deathly face.
Walter was a good swimmer, but was now
encumbered with his boots and his overcoat, and,
as the current of the river was very rapid, he
thought his only salvation was to hold on to Whirl-
wind's bridle. When he was first washed from
his horse he had his ri^ht arm around the noble
animal's neck; he kept it there now, and spoke to
his fair companion: "Do not feel frightened; we
will soon be out of this." But a shiver was her
only reply, for the January winds seemed to cast
a chill over her delicate form; but Walter felt the
slender arms tiahten around him, and this renewed
his coura2:e, and irave him new streni^th to battle
with the swift current. Down, dow^n they went,
keeping in the middle of the stream. Whirlwind
raised his head from the water once or twice and
neighed softly, as much as to say, "If I cannot take
you safely to the shore, my young master, we will
all perish together." The animal's fine, prominent
eyes expressed almost human intelligence as he
battled heroically with the current.
UNDER THE WAVES. 81
How many thoughts passed through Walter's
mind while in this perilous situation ! A review
of his whole life came before hira, and never did
the pale, frightened girl, clinging to him^ for life,
seem so dear to him as now, with almost certain
death staring them in the face. After what had
seemed an age to him, Walter felt the pebbly bot-
tom with his feet, and at the same time he felt
Amy's arms loose their hold about his waist.
"Courage, my love; we are safe; here is JuHus'
ford! Bless mj^ noble horse! he has battled with
the current for half a mile, and brought us to the
shore we were so anxious to reach."
Poor Amy! her strength was exhausted. She
thought of Walter's loved ones at home. Could
he not save himself if she relinquished her hold on
him ? It was death anvliow ; and with tender
thoughts of her grandmother, and a whispered
prayer for him she loved so dearly, she tore her
fast-stiffening fingers apart, and sank beneath the
82 THE FIRST SHADOW.
THE FIRST SHADOW.
SOME six weeks r.fter these events, the dark,
sweet, gentle face of Mrs. Lawrence Hast-
ings wore a tinge of grief and disappointment.
It was a warm, sunshiny day in February; such
as first whispers to us of the near approach of
spring, when we first begin to look for the soft,
meek-eyed daisies, and the golden butter-cups; and
first listen to the soft chirp of the little birds call-
ing in sweet, loving notes to their mates ; when the
sky begins to look blue and far away, and when
the sunsets begin to assume their golden, then their
orange and purple, tints.
It is evening after one of those lovely, sunny
days, and Mammy Silvia enters her nurslings
room. There is an expression of sadness on
Silvia's face, as she says, "Why is de shadde?s
resting on my lamb's face to-night?" The kind
THE FIRST SHADOW. 83
old voice was touchinglj tender as she laid her
hand on her mistress' hair and caressed it, as she
used to in the fiir back days when Mrs. Hastings
w\as a little, helpless child on her knee.
Norva had been married now two months. Mr.
Hastings was very devoted to her. She still loved
him with an almost absorbing devotion. She hnd
not lost confidence in him, but yet a shadow had
crept into her heart, and Silvia sees it, for she has
been quick to note every changing expression of
that beloved face.
Again she said, "Tell Silvia what makes you
look so sad, honey? Has dat young warmint
been scolding Mammy's baby-lub ? Tell me,
chile, if he has."
"Of whom are you speaking?" said Mrs.
" No one in particular, honey ; dat is, I did not
know but old massa had been scolding ob you,
and I was gwine to speak to Mr. Hastings about
it 'case now you 'longs to him," and Silvia rolled
up the whites of her eyes, mentally exclaiming :
"Lord, forgib me for dat lie; dat white-libered
debil is agwine to be de means ob sending old
Silvia's soul to torment sure enough. Now, look
here, Silvia, you has got to pray, and fight de
debil day and night ; no going behind de stumps
dis time. And, oh laws, Silvia, you has got to
pray for dat young lamb, Miss Norva. What was
dat her mudder say to me ? — let me see," and
Silvia turned her head to one side and commenced
to touch her fingers like she was counting, and
said, '• Yes, 1 'members : ' Watch ober my little
Norva ; shield her from all temptation when I am
gone.' Poor Miss Norva, poor young lamb ! Since
she has chano:ed her name her feelin2:s have
changed towards poor old Mammy Silvia. De
time ^vas when I could say. Miss Norva, do so and
so, or do not do so and so, an' she would listen to
me ; but now if Mammy say anything she am
ready to jump to de bell-pull, and call ol' marse —
at least she 'tends like she am gwine to, but she
don't scare me, chillun, I can tell you dat ; an' I is
gwine to 'spress my 'pinion to my own satisfaction.
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Dem fellers as tells Miss Norva an' Massa Wal-
ter dat de erf turns round on its axle-tree six
times in four and two hours, can't keep me from
'spressin' my 'pinion. Dat ole Ball mountain off
dar has seen many strange tings in its time, since
de Lord made it an' placed de ball ob his foot on
it, an' dat must be why dey call it de Ball moun-
tain. I feels it in my ole bones now^ ; and de time
will come when mv ans^el lamb wall prav for dis
same mountain to belch forth fire an' brimstone,
an' destroy dis lubbly Mead an' her ; an' when de
fire an' brimstone is de hottest. Mammy will carry
"water an' put it out. Now something has gone
wrong wdth my chile, an' Mammy has cut her
eye-teeth an' wall watch. I wonder what it is,
anyhow? Can it be dat white-libered cat. Miss
Octavia, as dey calls her? — De Lord, w^hat a
name ! Well, I is'ent more than fifty, an' if I has
a dozen chillun, I wall nebber call one Octavia, or
Lawrence either, but I wall call 'em all Walter an'
After having arrived at this decision. Mammy
86 THE FIRST SHADOTT.
Silvia turned to her young mistress, and said :
^'It is time, my dear young mistress, you were
taking your ebening walk. You must not stay in
de house so much, honey, it is not good for your
'gestive organders ; let Mammy bring you your
hood an' mantle ?"
'^ Thank you ; I believe I will go for a walk,
the air is so soft and balmy. Where is brother
Walter, Mammy ? Please go and call him to join
me this evening, as Mr. Hastings is sleeping, and
Miss Stanley is indisposed."
Mammy got her mistress' things, and then went
to find her young master ; but Walter was not in
his room, nor in the library, nor the parlor, and
Mammy came back, and said, '^ Miss Norva, I
'spects you will find young master out in de
" Perhaps I may," Norva replied, as she went
down the steps and into the wide hall.
Mammy lingered in Norva's room for some time
setting things to order, and shook her head,
muttering, " T'ings ain't like dey used to was, by
THE FIRST SHADOW. 87
a jugfull. Miss Norva is down in de mouf ; an*
Master Walter, he wanders about from place . to
place like some lost spirit from de o'der world.
What is de matter wid de boy, anyhow ? It all
comes ob ole massa turning de Mead into a tavern.
Miss Norva, when she married dat white-libered
cussady ob a man, I was gwine to say (but Silvia
Turner won't swear, 'deed she won't), just married
de whole Hastings family. Dey know which
side ob der bread is buttered; dey is poor. Miss
Norva is rich, an' dey will hug up to her like
a sick kitten to a hot griddle, deed dey will,
When everything was arranged to Mammy
Silvia's satisfaction, she went out of the room still
muttering to herself.
When Norva stepped out upon the steps, she
saw her father-in-law passing slowly to and fro,
with his hands behind him, and his head bent in
deep thought. He was so absorbed in his medita-
tions, whatever they might be, that he failed to
observe her, and Norva passed quietly down the
88 THE FIRST SHADOW.
steps and out into the lovely grounds, and down
to the shores of the beautiful crystal lake to see
the Last pale, golden ray of the setting sun,
mirrored on its deep, calm bosom. She sank
down on a low, rustic seat, near a statue of Diana.
She was concealed ahnost from view, even in day-
light, in this lovely nook, to any one approaching
the hike from the house. When she had seated
herself she dropped her hands in her lap, and let
her eyes wander over the lovely scene by which
she was surrounded — the grand and glorious
mountains, and river scenery, and the fast thick-
ening shadows of night.
A strange influence held her to this enchanted
spot. How calm and beautiful nature was ! The
soft south winds gently swayed the boughs of the
dark, rich green of the pines and cedars, and softly
whispered to the leafless boughs of the giant oaks,
beech, and chestnut, telling them that in a few
more days they too would be clothed and decked
in their emerald garb. The blue waters of the
lake came up in little wavelets ahnost to her feet.
THE FIRST SHADOW. 89
Soon the young crescent moon arose like a half-
circle of silver in the clear expanse of blue, which
was fast becoming thickly jewelled with stars.
How those bright, glimmering stars danced and
sparkled in the waters of the lake ! The dew
was beginning to fall, but still poor Norva could
90 WHAT IS THIS I HEAR?
WHAT IS THIS I HEAR?
ATORYA could hear the beating of her own
-^^ heart between the sound of the gentle
little wavelets at her feet, as they leaped and
softly kissed the sandy beach. Sitting there in
the calm, holy stillness of that lovely evening, a
deep-drawn sigh escaped her breast. Almost at
the same moment she heard voices and footsteps
approaching, and a faint flush died her cheek, as
she reco2:nized the voices of her husband and his
dark and beautiful step-sister. Owing to the
almost perfect stillness of the night, Norva could
hear every word distinctly that was uttered by
the approaching parties, for they were taking the
route of the Lovers' Walk for their promenade.
Every walk and nook in those magnificent and
enchanting grounds had been named by Norva.
This beautiful bordered walk she called the
WHAT IS THIS I HEAR? 91
Lovers' ^yalk, because it was her favorite since
the arrival of Mr. Hastings, the September before.
Another she called the Breezy Walk, for here, in
the warmest season, a soft and refreshing breeze
seemed to cool the brow, when nowhere else
a breath of air was stirring ; and a third she had
named the Evergreen Walk, because of the rich
deep shades of the hemlock which met and inter-
locked their branches overhead.
When she first heard those voices, and the soft
blushes stole to her cheeks, she thought : '" Dear,
dear Lawrence ! how wicked of me to think that
vour heart does not beat for me with the same
warmth and love it did a few short weeks ago.
You and dear, sweet Octavia have missed me,
and are lookins: for me now. I should have
remained within the walls of the dear old Mead,
until you had risen from your siesta, and have
been the first object for your eyes to have rested
upon ; and now you have come, with love beaming
from your soul, to take me back to our home."
Oh! the pure, sweet love that filled' Norva's
92 WHAT IS THIS I HEAR?
heart, and lighted up her dark, tender eyes at
this thought. But the first words that fell dis-
tinctly on her ear sent a chill to her heart.
" Dear Lawrence," said the sweet, seductive
voice of Miss Stanley, " how long is this thing to
last? how long are you going to keep me here
with another between us ? I do not think I can
stand it much longer. You promised me when
you married that stately Queen of the Mountains
that you would never forget I was the first love
of your heart."
" No, no, darling Octavia, I can never, never
forget that you are my first and my only love.
To you I render all my heart's homage; you are
the guiding star of my existence. I acknowledge
to you, my queen, that I feel as though I were in
eternal torment, when I think of my situation.
Bear with me, dearest Octavia, and all will yet go
well. If it will soothe j'our aching heart any,
because fate, or rather circumstances have denied
us for a time that sweet bliss that shall yet be ours
— remember, my own darling, you are the only
^HAT IS THIS I HEAR? 93
woman I ever loved, or ever shall love ; and
though the world calls Norva Hastings my wife,
never does a heart-throb go out to her from me;"
and as these cruel words fell from Lawrence
Hastings' lips, the two passed on, little dreaming
that Norva had heard them.
She sat perfectly still, with a face as pale as
death, and her delicate hands clasped in her lap,
peering out on the tranquil waters at her feet,
while her heart beat painfully and her temples
throbbed with intense suffering. " Can it be
possible," she thought, " that that was my hus-
band, my Lawrence, uttering such cold and cruel
words about his wife to another woman, and tltat
woman the beautiful Octavia Stanley — she whom
I have alwavs loved and treated as a sister? No,
no ; God forbid ! It must be a horrible dream — I
am ill. Fie on me ; to doubt for a moment his
great love for me. When I return to the house I
will tell him what I thought I heard him and
Octavia say, and he will laugh at me for my fool-
ishness, and, kissing my lips as he always does,
94 WHAT IS THIS I HEAR?
bid me dismiss such foolish thoughts from my
mind. Oh, my darhng husband! But," and she
pressed her hand upon her heart, " I cannot forget
a Uttle incident I witnessed in the library the other
day between Octavia and him," she muttered,
covering her eyes with her hand, as though she
would shut out the sight, if possible.
The dark phantom would not leave her. She
could still see her husband as he sat reading
before the wood fire, and Octavia as she came into
the library in quest of a book ; and, seeing that
Mr. Hastings was alone, went up to him, and fell
upon her knees at his feet, and buried her face on
the arm of his chair, while a tremor passed over
her small, graceful form. She spoke not a word,
neither did he, but he turned very pale and
hastily arose and left J:he room, leading Octavia
by the hand. Norva was in the conservatory,
and the door which communicated with the
library was open. They did not know she was
there. It was this scene that had cast a faint
shadow over her heart, but a shadow not so faint
TTIIAT IS THIS I HEAR? 95
but what old Mammy Silvia's keen eyes saw it.
But so great was Norva's love for her husband,
that she had tried to make herself believe it was
some little sisterly grievance ; yet she could not
but feel pained at their conduct. And now, as
she had heard a portion of her husband's and
Octavia's dishonorable conversation, she began to
realize the truth.
" God help me in my great trouble," Norva
exclaimed, while her form quivered with a sudden
spasm of pain, and the great tears of anguish and
wounded pride rolled down her face. . " Why
should such suffering be mine ? Why does he not
love me ? He says his heart never gives one
throb for me. Oh ! my darling mother, look
down to-night from your heavenly home, and
breathe a prayer upon your poor, suffering,
wronged child; watch over me, and be my
guardian angel, for I feel that there is a dark
shadow resting over my future destiny," she mur-
mured, as she raised her eyes towards heaven ;
then, letting her head fall upon her troubled
96 WHAT IS THIS I HEAR?
breast, sat perfectly motionless until the young
crescent moon had vanished from sight.
At length she heard her name called softlj' :
" Mrs. Hastings ; Norva, my darling wife, why do
you linger here so far into the night ? Octavia
and I have been looking for you everywhere. As
the dew was falling fast, she returned to the
house, and I continued my search for you ; and
here I find you all damp and cold, out of doors at
this time of night. Were you dreaming of love
and me, my darling ? What a heavenly boon
to possess the love of such a rare jewel as
you, my pet, and to be allowed the liberty of
loving you so devotedly, as I do. Such women as
you and my beautiful sister Octavia Stanley are
oftener sought than found, and I feel proud to
share the love and confidence of two such women.
I feel blessed beyond the common order of men."
So he said as he kissed his wife's cold lips ; but
she did not see the hypocritical smile that passed
over his face while speaking.
She made no reply to him, but threw her
TTHAT IS THIS I HEAR? 97
loving arms around his neck, and buried her head
on his bosom, saying :
" Dear Lawrence, dear husband, you still love
me, do you not ? " and her voice was so sweet and
sad that it would have touched the heart of
almost any man save him, and a smile wreathed
his lips as a low, musical laugh broke from them
and rang out on the still darkness of the night.
"Love you, my angel, my queen? Of course I
love you. What ever put a doubt into ^'-our
head?" and he drew her to him and looked down
into her face.
She could only answer: "'Nothing, love; it
w\as childish of me to ask you that question,"
she said, even while she felt the gloom gathering
around her, and knew that she had not spoken
the real sentiments of her troubled soul.
Why could she not tell him what she had seen
and heard? Reader, her husband possessed one
of those strong magnetic temperaments, and ruled
her every thought when she was near him.
Arising, he drew Norva's hand through his
98 WHAT IS THIS I HEAR?
arm, and led her to the Mead, speaking words of
love and comfort to her as they were wending
their way home ; and as he was about to utter
another strain of endearments as false as they
were fair in their outward appearance, a low,
mocking laugh fell upon their ears. There was
something so strange, wild and mad in this laugh,
that Norva shuddered with fear. Even Hastings'
blood ran cold in his veins; but as his wife
clung more closely to him, he said :
"•Do not be frightened, love ; it is some of the
negroes, perhaps, cutting up some of their antics."
"No, no, dear; that laugh never came from the
lips of a negro," said Norva, trembling.
"But you are not frightened so badly, my
darling, my angel wife, that you do not feel safe
with me ?" said Mr. Hastings, pressing his wife's
" I know, dear husband, you would protect me
at the risk of your life if I were exposed to
danger, but yet there was something so fearful in
that laugh," said Norva.
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" Yes, my darling," he said, while a cruel smile
played about his mouth, " you are right. I would
willingly sacrifice my life for you, if need be. Do
you think, dearest, you could willingly leave your
beautiful home and your kindred for a year or
two, for my sake ? "
In a tone of some surprise she said: "What
do you mean ? Where do you wish me to go?"
He knew from her voice she was troubled at
his question, and he said :
" I do not wish you to go anywhere, just now ;
but Octavia pines for dear old London again, and
you and I will some day have to take her back.
But we will not be long absent ; a while in Lon-
don, and a flying visit to France, Italy and Spain,
and then back to the Mead. You are too rich a
gem, my sweet wife, to live forever hidden away
among these mountains, grand as they are."
By this time they had reached the house, just
as the elder Hastings was entering it. His face
was ghastly pale, and his body shook with great
nervous agitation as he walked hastily down the
wide hall without speaking.
100 WHAT IS THIS I HEAR?
It was not yet ten o'clock when Hastings
led his wife to their pleasant little sitting-room.
Seeing how pale and troubled she looked, he
urged her to retire, saying he would go himself
and find her maid to attend to her. As he passed
out at the door, he met Mammy Silvia, who
threw her head back with the air of an insulted
queen. Neither Hastings nor Mammy spoke.
Silvia entered her mistress' room, and was
alarmed when she saw how pale and ill she
" Let Mammy get you a glass ob wine, honey
chile. You looks like you had seen a ghost, or
some other libe fing, 'deed you does. Your hands
is like ice. I hope you didn't stay in de park till
dis time ob de night, wid de dew a falling on you ;
case if you did, Massa will have to send and have
Dr. Adams fotched afore morning, that he will,
Just then Norva's maid knocked at the door.
Mammy Silvia went and opened it.
" You can go back to de cabin. Sue ; I will stay
WHAT IS THIS I HEAR? Id
wid Miss Norva till she gets sleepy, an' tend to
all her wants. Dis is Saturday night, Sue, an' I
know dat trim-looking nigger, Sam Silvers, is in
your mammy's cabin, wid eyes and ears open,
a waiting for you ; so go 'long, honey gal, you is
like all de rest ob de fools in dis world, dey won't
listen to dar mammies. Go on. Sue, gal, do not
mind an ole fool like me; I was young once
myself, honey, and I kinder knows how it goes."
Then coming back to her beloved young
mistress, Silvia said : " Go to bed, honey chile, an'
I will make you a warm foot-bath an' bring you
"No; no wine. Mammy Silvia, but you may
have Uncle Sam go and draw me a glass of that
delicious cider, and you may mull it for me; I can
get wine anywhere, but pure, sweet cider from my
dear Mher's cellar I may not enjoy long."
"An' why not, honey ?— you know ole massa s
cellar is never without cider, summer an winter.
Honey, what does you mean ? "
" I mean this, dear Mammy Silvia: Mr. Hastings
102 WHAT IS THIS I HEAR?
is thinking of going to London, and taking me
with him for a year or so, and I shall miss some
of my home luxuries very much. So, while I can
get it, I will drink cider."
Silvia started back, and a troubled look over-
spread her honest old face, as she exclaimed,
" Take you to Lonon ! that cussady dirty hole, I
was agwine to say — but I shan't, for Silvia Turner
never swars. I say you shan't go dar now ; look
what has come to you by going dar once in your
life to that nasty little place whar nobody 'spec-
table will live ; a place whar all de scum of dis
country come from. No sich family as de Hamp-
tons live in dat place, an' if Mr. Hastings wants to
go to Lonon, let him go an' take that little, soft-
purring black cat with him, an' that ole Tom of a
daddy of his — but you take my 'vice, honey ; don't
you go ; if you does, you'll be sorry for it, an' neber
come back again."
The faithful old soul hid her face in the folds
of Mrs. Hastings' dress and wept like a child.
Norva's heart was touched, and, laying one cold,
WHAT IS THIS I HEAR? 103
soft hand on Silvia's head, she said, " Mammy, I
will be compelled to go from my dear home just to
get rid of hearing you abuse my husband. Go now
and prepare the cider for me, for I am very cold
'^ Yes, honey ; may de Lord forgib me for 'glect-
ing my duty ; but ole Satan do get a shot of me
sometimes so strong it is hard for me to shake him
off; I does pray de Lord to 'serve me from his
hoofs an' horns."
" Then, resist him, dear old Mammy, and fight
him off," said Norva, gently, " or he may get so
strong a hold on you, you may not be able to free
yourself from his clutches."
*^Hio! dat I do try to do, honey; I keep my
candles burning, watching my chance to dodge
him; that I do, my lub-chile. Now I will go,
honey, an' look arter your cider, an' if I don't
ketch up wif de debil, my name isn't Silvia Turner
— that it aint."
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WALTER IS TRACKED.
LATE as was the hour after leaving his wife's
room, Lawrence Hastings went back up-
stairs softly, and gave a low, peculiar knock at a
door on the right hand of the hall, and a sweet,
silvery voice said, "Come in, dear Lawrence."
" Hist ! my love, not so loud — it is your
Quickly the bolt Hew back and the door opened,
and Lawrence Hastings was in the presence of
the only woman he loved. A pair of beautiful,
snowy arms were thrown around his neck, and
kiss after kiss was given from Octavia's rosy lips.
He gathered the small but perfect form in his
arms, and pressed passionate kisses upon her dark
hair and eyes, while his heart pulsated wildly, and
a tender light shone from his cold blue eyes — a
light that had never shone from them for his
WALTER IS TRACKED. 105
beautiful wife, whom he had married not for love,
but for scold.
He and Octavia Stanley are planning how they
can get possession of Mr. Hampton's vast wealth.
Octavia's mother was a Spaniard of great beauty,
and had married a young English officer who died
soon after Octavia's birth. In due time, Mrs.
Stanley married Mr. Hastings, but by the time
Octavia had reached womanhood her step-father
had squandered all her mother had left her, with
nothing except an old ruined and dilapidated
castle on the coast of Cornwall, whose solid walls
were washed by the dull, sad waves of the sea, as
it beat upon the old gray rocks. This castle had
been uninhabited for two generations. Octavia's
father had intended to repair and fit it up, but died
before this work was accomplished, and after Mrs.
Stanley married Mr. Hastings she had not the
means to do so, for she saw her fortune melting
very rapidly, and had not strength of mind to
oppose her second husband's reckless extravagance.
When Octavia was fifteen, her mother died. Mr.
106 WALTER IS TRACKED.
Hastings still kept his beautiful step-daughter,
thinking that in time she would contract a bril-
liant alliance and he might then have a home.
He also hoped his son would marry well. About
this time his old college friend at Eton visited him
in London from America, and a marriage between
Lawrence and Norva Hampton was planned. Mr.
Hampton had liked Mr. Hastings very much, and
was also pleased with his son Lawrence. By much
persuasion and scheming the elder Hastings got
Octavia to consent to this marriage, though she
and Lawrence were engaged and loved each other
as much as two such selfish souls were capable of.
At first she refused to listen to Lawrence's
engagement with another ; but as he spoke in a
manner that fully expressed his determination, she
knew it would be best to fall into his views, or at
least appear to do so. Then Lawrence Hastings
had told her that he would in time leave his wife
and return to her with all the Hampton wealth
as a recompense for their separation; for it was his
intention to possess all their wealthy no matter at
WALTER IS TRACKED. 107
what cost. Mr. Hampton had no idea that Mr.
Hastings was without means, but after Lawrence
and Norva were betrothed, he insisted that Mr.
Hastings' family should take up their abode in
America. This w^as readily assented to by Law-
rence and his father.
Even after the marriage had taken place, Oc-
tavia retained her power over Lawrence Hastings;
they were two strong, magnetic souls ever draw-
m^ toward each other. The elder Hastings inti-
mated to his old friend that it would be "just the
thing if they could only succeed in bringing about
a marriage between Walter and Octavia;" he did
not add, that he wished to see both Lawrence
and Miss Stanley settled at the Mead, that he
himself might be well provided for, and have a
home within its walls for the remainder of his life.
The reader knows how Mr. Hampton looked
upon Mr. Hastings' suggestion, from what Walter
told his sister on that winter morning when he
confided to her his love for Amy Le Clare. Since
Norva's marriage Mr. Hampton had begged Walter
108 WALTER IS TRACKED.
to address Octavia, but Walter replied that he did
not love her, and never would; at which Mr.
Hampton became very angry, and sternly de-
manded that he would "never think of marrying
that young savage." This was the evening before
he started Walter to B , on business.
Mr. Hastings frequently spoke of a union to
Octavia between herself and Walter. She would
give a low, musical laugh, and say, " Dear papa,
I do not think young Hampton appreciates my
charms very much, and, to tell the truth, I would
rather try my powers at charming the father than
the son. How very nice it would be for me to be
Lawrence's mother-in-law ! " Of course. Miss Stan-
ley did not wish to let her step-father know how
matters stood between her and his son ; not that
she feared him, but she desired to let Lawrence
work out their plans himself.
To-night, as she felt his warm breath on her
cheeks, she said, " Oh ! Lawrence, why do you not
take your father into our plans ? He is older than
we are, and perhaps he can suggest a way for you
WALTER IS TRACKED. 109
to escape from the galling bonds that bind you to
that soft simpleton who hangs on your every
word, and worships you so. If you do not, you
will have to take me away from this, or I will be
tempted to do something desperate. Lawrence,
this is killing me," she cried.
He said : " My darling, I know it is hard for
you to endure all this, but it must be so a little
longer; remember what we have at stake. We
are poor ; with the exception of your jewels, all
else is gone, but a bare standing wall and a few
old tumble-down towers at Castle Rook. This
composes the bulk of your wealth, and I have
nothing. Look at this magnificent plantation and
all the slaves, this beautiful home ; and remember
this plantation is in the rich lowlands near Wil-
mington, and the gold mine at Charlotte, which is
now paying Mr. Hampton a handsome dividend
every year. What a happy life we could enjoy
with all this wealth ! and it shall be ours. But
you must have patience. It will take time to
develop our future plans. So you think it would
110 WALTER IS TRACKED.
be well to take the old gentleman into our confi-
dence, and see if he cannot assist us and further
our oTeat undertakind;. I thou2:ht at first to take
Mrs. Plastings to Wilmington for a time, knowing
her presence was so repugnant to you, but she
seems reluctant to go, as she has a discarded
lover there, in the shape of a young minister, who
they say has almost broken his heart over her;
but I will have you and father take a trip to New
Orleans, to remain there until the weather gets
warm, and when you return to Hampton Mead,
my plans may begin to assume a definite form."
" Oh ! but it is so hard for me to tear myself
from you, my love," said Octavia, in a mournful
voice, choked with unshed tears.
" I know it is, my angel," said Mr. Hastings,
straining her to his bosom ; " but it is growing
late, love. Go to your chamber. Trust me, and
try to rest. I shall not go to Mrs. Hastings' room
to-night. My darling, we must be very cautious.
That old black Egyptian mummy that is forever
hanging around Mrs. Hastings, dislikes and dis-
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trusts me, and I feel that she has got her mind
set upon watching me. One of the first things I
will do, when I am master here, will be to sell
old Silvia." Then, with one more kiss, Lawrence
Hastings stole out of Octavia's room.
So many thoughts forced themselves upon his
mind that he felt he could not sleep; consequently
he did not seek his pillow, but lit a cigar and
went out into the clear, calm starlight to smoke.
It was after eleven o'clock before he thouo:ht of
returnins: to the house airain, when he saw "Walter
emerge from the side entrance, with a package
under his arm, and walk rapidly down to the
river. Lawrence followed him cautiously. When
Walter reached the river, he put his bundle in a
canoe, and commenced to row rapidly up the dark
" Ha, ha ! Walter Hampton, you have a secret,
and I am going to find it out," Mr. Hastings
muttered. " It may be of value to me in my
future plans." A fiendish light gleamed from his
eyes as he walked along the river bank, keep-
ing the canoe in sight. • , '
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It was a long walk of five miles he had of it,
before he reached the place where Walter landed
his little barque. It was at the foot of an over-
hansrins: cliff of rocks. Lawrence saw Walter
fasten his canoe to a small tree, lift his bundle,
and hurry up the rough side of the cliff and dis-
appear. Hastings watched for two hours, but
could not get a clue to the secret, nor find where
he had disappeared ; so he untied the canoe,
jumped in, and muttered :
''1 will ride, this time, young man, and you can
walk. By the eternal gods! I'll know his secret,"
and his hard laugh rang out on the dark waters
like the laugh of an evil spirit, as he was.
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A DARKER SHADOW.
ALL day long the rain bad been falling, with
no ray of sunshine to relieve the gloom.
Shadows hung thick and dark over mountains and
river; but a darker, deeper shadow rested on
Hampton Mead — a shadow that cast a gloom
over everv heart there, save that of Lawrence
Hastings. Walter, the proud young heir, was
hanislied from the home of his childhood, cast out
from his fathers heart and from his beloved
The morninix after Lawrence had followed
"Walter, he . arose early, and was out in the
grounds before the eastern horizon had received
its first streaks of gold, or the gray dawn had
been pierced with the sunlight, laying in wait for
Walter; and soun the latter made his appearance.
114 A DARKER S 11 A D TT.
" Ah ! Walter, you are up early this morning
said Lawrence, blandly.
" Somewhat earlier than you, perhaps," said
Walter coldly, and he shot a keen glance at him
as he spoke. He felt that Lawrence was his
deadly enemy, and that he suspected his secret,
perhaps knew it, or why did he find his canoe
gone, and then find it safely chained to its stake
when he reached home? But Walter could
see no expression in his brother-in-law's face that
revealed the secret, if he knew it, and Walter
went on into the house without any further con-
After breakfast, Lawrence asked Mr. Hampton
if he would get Walter to go to B for him,
to procure seats in the Wednesday's stage-coach,
for his father and sister. Walter gladly consented
to do so, for he felt it would be a relief to have
Octavia and Mr. Hastings away from the Mead.
So, immediately after finishing his breakfast, he
set out for his fifteen-mile ride on Whirlwind, with
a comparatively light heart.
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Soon after Walter's departure, Lawrence Hastings
had a long conversation with his father ; then he
sought Mr. Hampton and said:
'' Sir, it is a painful duty I have to perform, but
I know you will thank me for it," and he sat
down, while a troubled look appeared to come
over his face.
Mr. Hampton saw this look, and, in a some-
what alarmed manner, said :
"What have you to communicate to me, my
dear son, that brings that pained expression into
your face? Is it anything concerning my daughter?
Let me know at once," and Mr. Hampton's face
turned very pale as he spoke.
" Nothing, my dear sir, concerning your daughter;
she is quite well and cheerful ; but it is of your
son Walter I would speak. I know you have very
brilliant prospects for him, but, my dear sir, Walter
has a secret. All his nights are spent away from
home. I think he is away gambling, or else he
has that half-breed, Hester Spotswood's grand-
daughter, Amy Le Clare, hid in the mountains
116 A DARKER SHADOW.
somewhere. I think it would be well to watch
At this Mr. Hampton arose to his feet and
commenced to walk up and down his library in a
state of great mental suffering and wild fears for
his beloved son's welfare, but he said, after a few
moments had been spent in thinking tlie matter
" I thank you, Lawrence, for your information
in this case. I will not watch Walter — I have too
much self-respect for that — but I will boldly and
above board, ask him, when he returns from B ,
what has become of this girl, Amy Le Clare."
Walter was watched by another person besides
Lawrence Hastinixs. After the interview with
his father-in-law, Lawrence went down to the
river and jumped into a canoe, telling Uncle Isom
he was going a fishing. Lawrence was absent
some time. When he returned he was very pale
and excited. He had explored the cave and found
the remains of a fair young girl of rare beauty,
lying on a rude, but clean bed, in a large cavern
A DARKER SHADOW. 117
or chamber, whose grand architecture came direct
from the hand of the great Builder of builders.
She could not have been dead long, for her body
was hardly cold. How holy and beautiful she
looked, lying there on that humble bed, wrapt in
the arms of death, and all alone in her cold, sweet
loveliness, with her delicate white hands crossed
upon her motionless bosom, and her glorious hair
falling in rippling waves of gold about her childish
face, so calm and heavenly in its mysterious
silence, and the slanting rays of sunshine that
found their way through the rocks fell upon the
lovely sleeper's face, resting like a holy benediction
over the beautiful, unknown dead ! It was a scene
so grand, so holy, so sad, so spiritual in its pre-
sentation, as to almost make one in love with
Lawrence stood for a time like one in a dream,
and gazed down upon the still form at his feet,
and a wave of half pity, half regret, passed over
his cold, hard heart, though, villain as he was,
it only lasted for a moment, and like the great
118 A DARKER SHADOW.
tidal wave of old ocean was lost. It was the first
feeling of pity that ever found a place in his
bosom, save for the dark and bewitching Octavia
Stanley, whom he loved as much as it was possible
for a man of his organization to do. Having
taken in the surroundings, he left the cave, casting
one hurried glance at the young girl as she lay so
peacefully, a victim to the king of terrors, and
entering his barque turned his face toward the
Walter returned the evening of the same day
that Lawrence Hastings had visited the cave, and
informed his father that he had secured seats in
the stage-coach. That night, as Walter lingered
in the library, his father noticed a strange expres-
sion in his son's eyes; and, turning to him sud-
denly, said :
" Walter, where is your mother's wedding-ring?
I have not seen it for months."
'^ I will hand it to you to-morrow, father ; I am
too tired to-night to get it for you," said he, while
deathly pallor tinged his face.
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Poor Walter had promised his father something
that he would not be able to do.
After leaving his father's presence, Walter went
quietly out of the house, and, entering his canoe,
struck boldly up the stream, keeping time with
his oars to the sobbing of the waters which seemed
to be breathing a requiem for a lost soul, and an
awful presentiment lurked in his heart that some-
thing was about to happen — that the corner-stone
of his past sweet happiness was about to be torn
from its foundation, for a dark pall enveloped his
everv thou2;ht. and he felt as thou2;h the ano;el
of darkness had cast his sombre wings over his
future destin}^, obliterating every ray of sunshine
and happiness from his j)athway.
* * * * ♦ *
When Walter again returned to his once happy
childhood's home, his handsome vouno: face looked
as though years of suffering had passed over it;
his eyes were sunken, and his mouth wore a
pained expression. Oh, what a wreck he presented
of the once happy and handsome Walter, and he
120 A DARKER SHADOW.
was afraid to appear before his stern father, so
<i re at was the change he had undergone; but he
determined to tell the truth if it were demanded
of him, no matter at what cost, or how severe the
The morning had far advanced when Walter
met his father after his absence, and a fixed, deter-
mined look was on his face. The father was the
first to speak.
" Well, Walter, have you brought me the
" No, father, I have not, and now let us come
to a full understanding. I know you had great
hopes for me, dear father, and wished to see me wed
Miss Stanley, but let me tell you once and for all,
Miss Stanley can never be anything to me except
an acquaintance, for my heart is given to one who
is as far above her in point of intellect and virtue
as the sun is above the earth. Oh, father ! let me
tell you of her I love ; then you will have com-
passion on your son!" cried Walter, his voice
trembling with deep emotion.
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"No! no!" exclaimed Mr. Hampton, sternly.
" Walter, my boy, the pride of my old age, I will
listen to no story of your love for that half-breed
whom you keep concealed in the mountains. This
morning you must choose your course in life : either
give up home, father and sister, or else abandon
her ; and instead of leading a miserable existence,
and being a dishonor to all who know you, be a
man and a gentleman."
*' Be it as you say, my dear fiither, and now
good-bye, for I may never look upon your face
again, and though you drive me from my child-
hood's home and all I hold dear, yet I shall never
forget you are my father. Farewell, father. May
my sister Norva be a comfort to you in your old
age," said Walter, in a voice filled with deep
Oh ! the grief and anguish that was depicted
upon his young but careworn face, as he went
out from the dear old Mead, an exile from home,
and though so near, and yet so far, for the noble
Walter Hampton was banished from Hampton
122 THE WILL.
IT was on Tuesday morning that Walter
Hampton bade his father that sad farewell,
and still the rain made mournful music as it fell
in great drops upon the window-panes. Out of
doors it was dark and dreary; within was
darker gloom, which had swallowed up all the
sunshine within that once happy home, and
to-day the hearts of two of its inmates are wrung
Late in the day Norva came down into the
library to see her father. She found him sitting
near a window with his face partially bowed upon
his hands, and she started back in alarm and sur-
prise when she saw how aged he had grown since
the previous night when she had bid him good-
night. She laid a soft hand upon his shoulder.
He had not seen her enter the room, and raised
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his head in a frightened manner and looked at
her; for a moment he thou2:ht his beloved wife
stood before him. Then, remembering the events
of the morning, he gathered his gentle daughter to
his heart and wailed forth :
" Oh, Norva ! my daughter ! have pity on me,
or my poor old heart will break."
Norva twined her arms about his neck, and
said softly :
" Dear father, what is the matter with you this
morning? You seem to be in deep distress. Tell
me what it is, that I may share your grief, what-
ever it is. Where is my brother? I have not
seen him this morning, and that is strange, for he
has always been the first to greet me as I left my
room when he was at home ; " then, subduing a
wild throb at her heart, she sat down by her
father's side and said : ^' Dear father, tell me all.'*
Mr. Hampton complied with her request,
though it was a painful duty for him to perform.
When he finished he lifted his daughter in his
arms, and bore her to her chamber; she had
124 THE WILL.
fainted, and lay like one dead; a horrible night-
mare seemed to be upon him, from which he tried
to awaken. He thought he was bereft of both his
children at once, so long did Norva lie in the
death-like swoon that came upon her when her
father told her he had banished his only son from
At length, with the assistance of Mamm}^ Silvia
and Aunt Louise, the housekeeper, Norva Hastings
recovered, and her eyes rested full upon her father's
troubled face, but no words fe}l from her pale lips.
Her father was greatly pained at the look she
o'ave him, and felt somewhat rebuked for his rash-
ness ; but his heart did not relent towards Walter.
Thou oh a kind and noble-hearted man, he w^as
very proud, and had had bright hopes that AValter
would fulfil his cherished dreams. Now he beheld
all those bright hopes lying in ruins at his feet —
trampled upon by him from whom he had expected
so much, and his name which had never borne a
blemish, now dishonored, and by his son ; he felt
that he could no longer be a son of his ; and going
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out of the room he ordered Ipom Turner to go tell
Mr. Byrd, his hawjer, that he wanted to see hhn
at the Mead, at once.
Lawrence Hastings heard Mr. Hampton give
this order, and his evil eyes lighted up with a
strange, triumphant glow ; for he J»:neiv why Byrd
was sent for, just ns well as he did a few hours
later, when Mr. Hampton called him into the
library and said :
" Hence and forever, Lawrence, you are my
only son. Mr. Byrd will soon be here, and I shall
make my will. I have a prespntiment that some-
thing is going to happen to me, and I do not want
Walter to have anj-^ part of my wealth. He is the
first Hampton that has ever disgraced the name."
Then he bowed his head in his hands, and sat in
deep thought for a long time. Lawrence was so
overjoyed at this piece of news, he could not find
voice to speak for some time ; at last he said :
'^ Do not be too hasty, my dear sir. Walter may
reform his evil wavs, when he has sown his wild
oats. He is not jet twenty-two. He has no
126 THE WILL.
profession, and he will soon tire of this girl, when
he fully understands what trouble she has caused
" Oh ! I could perhaps have forgiven him if he
had married her; but to keep her hid in the
mountains for months, as his mistress, is more
than I can bear, even from a son," said Mr.
A sudden thought then entered Lawrence
Hastings' mind, and he said, sinking his voice
almost to a whisper,
"I do not think that is Walter's greatest fault.
I fear his soul is stained with human blood."
A low wail broke from the lips of Mr. Hampton,
and he fell back in his chair in spasms, frightful
to behold, that made Hastings repent his rash
words, for he began to fear Mr. Hampton would
not be able to attend to business when his lawyer
came. He poured out a glass of wine, and put it
to the suffering man's lips, and in a short time
Mr. Hampton recovered, and bade Lawrence leave
him ; " For," said he, " my son, I cannot hear more
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at this time; we will talk further on this subject,
Thus dismissed, Lawrence went out and ordered
a horse to be saddled for his use, as he himself
should go for Dr. Adams, to attend his wife,
who was quite ill. He did go for the family
physician, but first visited the cave where he
had seen that beautiful inanimate form with its
wealth of golden hair resting like a halo about
the cold, sweet face, but there was nothing there
to give token that it had ever been the abode of a
human being or beings. Lawrence Hastings, cold-
hearted as he was, could not banish the sweet, sad
vision from his mind.
When he and the physician reached the Mead
they found Mr. Byrd had arrived, and was in the
library with Mr. Hampton. It was now late in
the afternoon, and the rain had ceased, but it was
still dark and gloomy. Mr. Byrd was to remain
over night, and his horse had been stabled. Dr.
Adams was to go on a few miles to visit another
patient, then return and remain over night also,
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as Mr. nampton wished to have him as a witness
to his will. Before the doctor left, Norva was
asleep. Dr. Adams had given her a powerful
narcotic ; her nerves had been greatl}^ shocked, he
said ; in a few days he hoped she would be herself
After supper, when Mr. Hampton and his
attorney had again repaired to the library, Law-
rence Hastings went up to Octavia's room and
asked her to take a walk with him. She was only
too anxious, as she w^as to leave him for a time on
the morrow. When they returned, a happy light
beamed from her eyes, and her face was radiant
with a look of deep content. After leaving her at
the door of her room Lawrence sought his father.
The elder Hastings was pacing his room with a
gloomy, discontented look on his face.
" Halloo, old chap ! what has come over the
spirit of your dreams, now when all is going so
well with me ? " said his amiable son, with a low,
deep laugh of satisfaction ; but the cloud did not
lift from his father s face, even at the mention of
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his own bright prospects, and throwing himself
into a chair, Lawrence said : "Come, old man, you
have something preying on your mind ; out with
it ; make a clean breast of it ; confession is good
for the soul, you know."
" Yes, you are right, Lawrence," said Mr.
Hastings, seating himself beside his son. " There
is something preying upon my mind, and as you
have confided your j^lans to me, I will return the
compliment by telling you of a little episode in
my life. As you know, Lawrence, this is not my
first visit to America : I was here when you were
a small hoy. Well, to make a long story short ; I
fell in love with a pretty little Indian maiden, and
coaxed her from her mother's home. But she
was so pure and virtuous, that I was compelled to
marrj' her before she would consent to leave
Norfolk for Richmond with me. I married her
under an assumed name. Shortly after I reached
Richmond I heard that Henry Stanley was dead,
and his widow was free. I had married your mother
for money, and soon after her death I went to Spain,
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and there I met Octavia's mother, and I loved her
with all the love and passion of my soul, but she
rejected my suit and married Henry Stanlej^ but
after I had married this Amy Spots wood, and I
knew the first love of my youth was free again,
I left Amy on the eve of becoming a mother, and
wrote her a note telling her to return to her
mother at Norfolk, for she was not my wife. I
then hastened back to England, and in due course
of time married Mrs. Stanley, as you are aware.
I married her at the time, not knowing but what
I had a living wife in America, but she only lived
four months after I left her, leaving a frail, golden-
haired baby-girl behind her, our child, to whom
she gave the name of Amy — Amy Le Clare, as
that was the name I married her under."
Lawrence Hastings started back in great sur-
prise, and said :
" This is a strange story, sir. How do you
know all this? who informed you of that young
girl's death, and of her child ? "
" Her grandmother, Hester Spotswood. I have
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met her several times prowling around Hampton
Mead. She never saw me in Virginia, but she con-
fided all this to me, and she sajs she is going to
find Amy's father and bring him to judgment, for
she has pledged herself to have a terrible revenge
on this man, and her indignation fills me with
Lawrence remembered the laugh, for he and
Norva had heard it.
" Lawrence," resumed the old gentleman, '^ I am
glad to leave this neighborhood on the morrow,
for a time at least."
132 LADY HESTER.
FEW miles from the great manufacturing
town of Manchester was situated one of the
most beautiful homes in England — Glen Park.
For generations and generations it had belonged to
the Glenmores. The last of that name had passed
away, and the estate had gone into the possession
of a woman. She was a tall, dark woman, of
middle age, with eyes as dark as night, and hair
outrivalling the blackness of the raven's wing.
It is January, and one year since Walter
Hampton persuaded Amy Le Clare to leave her
grandmother and become his wife, and on this
bleak January day, Amy, fair and pale as a lily,
lies in a darkened room at Glen Park. She lies
so still you can hardly tell if she breathes. Pier
grandmother comes in softly and puts her dark
cheek down to the face of the sleeper, then she
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goes to a little crib and looks down on Amy's
innocent baby-boy, and her face becomes stern
and hard as she gazes upon its little head covered
with rich, dark, silky brown hair, and Lady
Hester Spotswood glided out of the room with a
fierce light shining in her eyes.
Perhaps, dear reader, you are surprised to find
Hester Spotswood in England, and the mistress of
Glen Park, but the following wdll explain her
presence here: Hester's father, just before his
death, became the heir of Glen Park, and as she
w^as his only child he forgave her, and left her heir
to his beautiful English home. Her father w^as the
Earl of Glenmore, and now his daughter is Lady
Hester Spotswood. When Hester learned of her
sudden w^ealth, through the death of her father,
she commenced searchino; for Am v. She tracked
Walter to the cave where they had lived for
During Walter s absence she had gone into the
cave to see Amy, and asked her if she were Wal-
ter Hampton's wife. Amy's face had burned
134 LADY HESTER.
crimson, and her eyes sought the floor of the
rocky cavern, as she said :
" Dear grandmother, I cannot tell you."
" Cannot tell me, Amy ! My God ! oh ! Amy,
Amy ! how heavily the curse has fallen on me,
and on your mother, and now you too are
Then Hester fell upon her knees in that lonely
mountain fastness, and her voice rang out in a
wail of anguish.
When Hester looked in Amy's face again, she
saw all the blood had left the girl's face, and she
was as white as marble, and her voice was sad, as
she said, " Oh, dear grandmother, do not take this
so to heart ; trust in my dear Walter to make all
right soon ! "
Hester sprang to her feet, and her eyes flashed
fire, as she said, " ' Make all right soon ! ' — right a
wrong like yours. I blame you, Amy — blood of
my blood, and flesh of my flesh ; but I blame
Walter Hampton more! Come with me, my child,
and we will leave this country and go to a foreign
LADY HESTER. 135
land, and live for ourselves and the good we can
do for others."
" But, dear grandmother, I cannot leave Walter ;
oh, no ! I cannot leave Walter ! "
Hester trembled from head to foot, as she said,
"Amy, say nothing to Mr. Hampton of my being
here, and I will come again in a few days," and
she then took her leave.
But early on the morning that Walter went to
B , and Lawrence Hastings had explored the
cave, Hester had been there. Amy was not well,
and her grandmother prepared her some food,
which she left, saying she should return ere the
night-shadow fell again. Half an hour after
Hester Spotswood took her departure, Lawrence
Hastings found the cold, still form of Amy, as the
reader already knows.
About three o'clock in the afternoon Hester
returned. She tied her canoe to a tree, and took
out a pair of soft, v/hite blankets which lay in the
frail barque, also an extra one to spread over the
form she expected to recline beneath it. After
136 LADY HESTER.
making flist her canoe, she spread the blankets
smoothly upon the floor of her canoe, and went
into the cave, where she found ber granddaughter,
just as Lawrence Hastings had left her, cold, pale
and still, with the delicate white hands lying on
her breast, and her orolden hair fallins; like a halo
about her sweet, childish face. When she looked
upon Amy, a smile of triumph wreathed her cold,
proud lips, and she said, " It is well ; the drug I'
gave her has had the desired effect; she will sleep
until I get her miles and miles from Hampton
Mead and the ^dear AValter' she talks so much
We will not tarry longer with details as to how
Hester Spotswood reached Philadelphia with her
The day upon which Walter had taken Amy
from her grandmother's cabin, Hester Spotswood
had gone to Mr. Field's house to do some work,
and while there, Mr. Field brought a newspaper
from the post-office, containing an advertisement
requesting Hester Spotswood to call on her father's
LADY HESTER. 137
old business managers, " Sparks & Wind." So,
after returning to her lonely wayside cabin, and
finding Amy had disappeared, she went to B ,
and took the staiie for Wihiiini'ton. All this had
taken time; but when she became fully aware of
her duty to her grandchild, and had considered
the matter well, she felt that she could not leave
America without at least looking upon Amj-'s face
again, and she went to work to find her; and now
that she had succeeded, and believing her not to
be Walter's wife, she determined to carry Amy -to
England, and there induce her to lead a better
life; for she fully believed Amy Le Clare had
sinned. She kept Amy under the influence of a
powerful but harmless drug known to her, until
they were far out at sea. Even up to the morn-
ing we find them at Glen Park, Amy's system was
seldom free from the effects of this drug.
It was almost an overwhelming shock to Lady
Hester, wdien she discovered that Amj' would in
time become a mother ; but she was compelled to
make the best of her unfortunate situation. She
138 LADY HESTER.
led a quiet, retired life at Glen Park with her
servants, a trusty land-agent looking after her
tenants, of whom there were many.
Lady Hester never thought of entering society.
She still buried her bitter sorrow far down in her
troubled heart, and waited for the time when she
should avenge her beautiful young daugliters
wrongs, and her grandchild's. She felt even more
bitter this morning, when this little innocent babe
w^as placed in her arms, and the physician told her
it was doubtful if the young child-mother would
Will Lady Hester have her revenge ? and what
shape will it take? Will poor pale Amy ever
again see Walter Hampton and the beautiful
Mead, far away among the North Carolina moun-
tains ? Not if Lady Hester can prevent it. She
disliked to be addressed as " my lady," and simply
looked upon herself as Hester Spotswood, in whose
veins the purest blood of America flowed. But
custom is everything. She had taken up her
abode for the present, at least, in England. The
LADY HESTER. 139
three servants she retained had been in the service
of Lord Glenmore, and alwaj^s addressed her as
When she thinks of her days in America when
she had incurred her father's displeasure and had
received his curse, and of all the bitter dajs she
had spent, yet, oh, how gladly would she give all
this grandeur up, and return again to America
and take up her life of toil and hardships, if she
could only have her Amy an innocent child again,
sitting at her knees as in the days of yore ! This
she thinks can never be, and an expression of
intense suffering sweeps over her proud, cold face,
as she again seeks the room of the young mother
140 LOST AGAIN.
EARLY on the morning after the making of
Mr. Hampton's will, Mr. Hastings and
Octavia Stanley left Hampton Mead for the
village of B . Octavia had never passed over
this road before, and though she was a great
admirer of the beautiful, had given no thought to
the God who made the mountains in all their
grandeur and magnificence ; the proud and
majestic blue rivers, threading their way over
great rocks and falling in silver cascades, making
sweet music as they ripple on their way to the
sea. We love to linger over this road from
Hampton Mead to B , where we cross two
of the most beautiful mountain rivers in the
world, and where the author of this book has
spent so many, many happy days in childhood
rowing a frail canoe, and, even as an untaught
LOST AGAIN. 141
child, felt the Q:lorv and o^oodness of God in
bestowing so much beauty around our childhood's
We will not follow Mr. Hastings and Octavia
beyond B , for after that much of the rugged
beauty of the landscape is lost. We will now
follow Walter Hampton for a time. Bidding his
father good-bye, Walter had Whirlwind saddled,
and when he was brought round, mounted and
rode away in a brisk gallop up the river's side.
He went to the mountain cave, which Lawrence
Hastin2:s had visited, but there w^as no one there
to give him a glad welcome, no low, soft, musical
voice to express gladness at his coming. All was
as quiet as the grave.
A cold, strange, awed feeling came over him, and
his young heart wailed forth : "Oh, Amy ! Amy!
my darling, where are you?" And w^ith a pale,
ha2:irard face he left the cave, remounted his horse,
and started off in the direction of B . He was
going to see Hester Spotswood ; he felt that she
had something to do with Amy's disappearance,
142 LOST AGAIN.
but when he reached her wayside-hut he found
it deserted. He then w^ent to Mr. Field's, at
Cedar Yale, and made inquiries of them. But
they said she had not been there for several
weeks ; that of late she had acted very strangely,
since her granddaughter had disappeared some
months before. He went on to the crossing of the
river, at the point where his horse had so nobly
carried Amy and himself. When he had crossed
the river he sat down on the trunk of a fallen
tree, Avhere he had sat before with his dear,
unconscious burden, after he had succeeded in
getting her out of the water.
How vividly this scene arose before him now !
the golden hair falling over his arm, with the
snowy lids covering the brown eyes, with deep
purple rings settled beneath them, and water
issuing from the pallid lips, and the small hands
clenched and blue. After working with her for
some time — oh, the unspeakable joy he felt when
he saw the eyelids quiver and a faint sigh escape
her cold lips, and a fervent " Thank God ! my
LOST AGAIN. 143
Amy is spared me ! " came from Walter. All this
comes back to him now.
Where was his loved one now? The soft south
winds seemed to whisper to his young troubled
heart, " Seek for her until you find her." Then
it was not as it is now. The voice of the steam-
engine had not echoed over the hills and moun-
tains as they do to-day. They could not step into
a telegraph office and send a message to all parts of
the world. After sitting there for a while, Walter
resolved to ride on to B , and spend the night
at the hotel. He found several papers on a table
in his room, and when the waiter brought in
lights he sat down to look at them. They were
dated several weeks back; and on the first of
one of the papers this notice caught his eye :
"If Hester Spotswood will call on Sparks &
Wind, she will hear of something to her advan-
Walter looked at the paper for some time ; then
his mind was made up : he would start for
Wilmington on the morrow, and there he would
144 LOST AGAIN.
find his Amy, and claim her at once. So accord-
ing to his intentions he took the stage-coach early
the next morning and began his tiresome journey,
leaving his horse to the care of a friend until his
return. Thus we find young Walter Hampton
drifting from his home ; the home in which he has
no place now ; the old haunts that knew him
once will know him no more. Does the old stage-
coach, as it rolls along over the rough, uneven
roads and through pine forests, bring him any
nearer to the loved one he seeks? No; for at
this same moment Hester Spotswood and Amy
are crossino- the mountains into Virginia.
When Walter reached Wilmington, and called
on Sparks k Wind, and they refused to give
him any information concerning Mrs. Spotswood's
whereabouts, his grief knew no bounds ; and his
poor aching heart almost broke within him.
The lawyers had been requested to keep her
residence in England a secret from all the world,
and poor Walter left their ofhce with a pale,
haggard face; still he would not give up the
LOST AGAIN. 145
search. He would go to Norfolk, to the place
where Mrs. Spots wood used to live ; perhaps she
had carried Amy there. Without even stopping
long enough to call on his mother's relatives, he
embarked on board a vessel the same day. When
he reached Norfolk it was only to be disappointed,
and his means were nearly exhausted, but he had
a fine gold watch and a valuable solitaire diamond
ring; these he could dispose of, and they would
assist him in continuing his search, but he would
not dispose of them in Norfolk ; he could get more
for them in Philadelphia, and thither he deter-
mined to go. When he reached Philadelphia he
called on Charlie Field, who was delighted to see
him, but when he took Walter's hand, the young
medical student started, and said :
" My dear fellow, you are feverish ; your hand
is burning with fever, and your face is pale and
careworn. What is the matter with our healthful
Carolina mountains? Yours is the second pale
and careworn face I have seen from there this
146 LOST AGAIK.
"Whose was the other?" gasped Walter,
holding his breath for the answer.
"Amy Le Clare," said Charlie.
"Amy Le Clare ! " cried Walter. " Where did
you see her ? " hoarsely.
" I saw her and her grandmother go on board a
vessel bound for Liverpool, as I went aboard to
see a friend off for the old world."
Walter sank down, while a deadly faintness
overcame him. He had lived in a state of great
excitement for so many weeks, and the shock of
losing Amy was too much for his constitution,
and he was compelled to succumb to the laws of
nature. For many weeks he lay with fever
burning and parching his body, and it was a long
time before he could walk about, let alone leave
his room, but Charlie Field watched over him
with all the care and devotion of a tender brother.
When Walter got better, Charlie never hinted
that, when delirious, he had laid bare part of his
heart's trouble ; but only a part, however, for he
did not reveal what Amy was to him.
THE MEAD IS DESERTED. 147
THE MEAD IS DESERTED.
IT is gloomy at Hampton Mead. The window «
are all closed. There is not a single bit of
life within its walls. The peaceful, happy home,
and contented hearts that once dwelt there are
gone. The shadow of Norva's life was deepened
by Walter's banishment from his home, insomuch
so that she had become quite ill, and Dr. Adams
had advised her to a change of scene. But
Lawrence Hastings had first suggested this change
to the honest old country physician.
At first Norva's father refused to give her up,
but a peculiar light shone from her husband's
eyes, as he said :
*^My dear sir, your daughter is all you have
now. Accompany us, and we will try to cheer
you in your sorrow," and he lowered his voice to
the softest and most persuasive tone.
148 THE MEAD IS DESERTED.
The suggestion struck Mr. Hampton favorably ;
for when the time for his daughter's departure
came he had made his arrangements to accompany
her. When she would leave the Mead there
would be but one golden link to bind him to
his once happy home ; it being the sacred spot
where slept his wife, the mother of his children.
Now we find him about to leave his adopted home
and return to old England. If he could only have
seen what the future held for him and his, he
would never have taken that journey. Perhaps
it is well that the veil of the present hides the
face of the future, be it for weal or woe. Mr.
Hampton had grown very old in the last few
weeks; his hair had scarcely a thread of silver
in it when Lawrence had taken up his abode at
Hampton Mead, now they were thickly sprinkled
He had given strict orders to his household
never to mention the name of his banished son in
his presence. This was rather a hard task with
the negroes, who had known and loved Walter
THE MEAD IS DESERTED. 149
from his birth, and especially for Mammy Silvia,
wliose wrath, when she learned how matters stood,
knew no bounds. A morning or two after the
making of Mr. Hampton's will, she went to her
master's room and fell on her knees at his feet.
" What is it. Aunt Silvia ? " said he, huskily ;
for he surmised why the old faithful creature was
"Oh, marster! for de lub ob heben, where is
my boy? where is dear Massa Walter, my dear
mistess first horned ? Oh, marster ! have you
cast him off, driven him from his home, an' taken
dat ar cussady debil of a Mr. Hastings in his
place ? Oh, marster, do send for my dear lubly
boy to come home. If you don't, his moder will
rise from de grave, an' 'cuse you ob dis great
Mr. Hampton grew cold and pale as Silvia
spoke, and his voice trembled with agitation, as
he said :
" Silvia, Walter Hampton is dead to me hence-
forth, or as one that had never been; and one
150 THE MEAD IS DESERTED.
that has never been we cannot name. Therefore,
in the future, consider my son Lawrence your
young master, which he will be some day if you
and he live."
" God forbid ! " said Silvia. " When dat ar day
comes, master, I shall be all debil. Dear marster,
I has pleaded to you for my chile in vain. Now
let me tell 3'ou something, 'case a 'sentment has
come ober me. You has cast my chile from your
heart, but he an' his will yet rule at Hampton
Mead. De debil will not always rule at large ; he
will be tied up some ob dese days; den Marster
Walter will hab his own. Do you mind what I
say, ole massa ? "
Mr. Hampton came to Silvia's side and whispered
in her ear. The old woman fell over on the floor
and moaned like one bereft of her reason. She
did not mention Walter's name again from that
day to the time when Mr. Hampton, her master,
started on his journey, and for many days her face
wore a gray, ashen hue, occasioned by great mental
suffering. The servants attributed it to her losing
THE MEAD IS DESERTED. 151
their young mistress and master, for they knew how
dear they were to her. But Silvia never enUght-
ened any one of them as to the cause of her grief,
not even Isom Turner, her husband. At times
she would almost cry out with horror when that
thought of crime came up before her. She lived
in fear of betraying, by word or deed, the only
great secret of her life, for it involved the wel-
fare of another for whom she would willingly
Lawrence wrote to his father and Octavia to
take a vessel from New Orleans to New York,
where he and his wife and father-in-law w^ould
meet by the first of September.
The morning on which they started was beauti-
ful in the extreme. Never did the mountains
look more grand and majestic than upon that
morning — with the glorious rays of the rising sun
gilding their emerald tops, and the sky so clear in
its azure depths. Never did the trees look greener,
the flowers bloom sweeter, or the birds sing more
sweetly than upon that morning. It seemed as
152 THE MEAD IS DESERTED.
thongli all nature had united in offering its beauty
and sublimity as a tribute to those leaving Hamp-
ton Mead. Never did it appear more beautiful to
poor, pale Norva, as she lay back in the carriage,
with a troubled face, and a sad look in her eyes.
When would she see this beautiful scenery again?
Ah! when? Mr. Hampton was sad also.
Lawrence took his wife's cold hands in his and
"Do not look so sad, my darling. When we
return to Hampton Mead, the roses of health will
be blooming on your cheeks, as they were when I
first met you," and with his eyes fixed on hers,
she smiled up into his face. It was strange — but
of late Norva never smiled, only when the eyes of
her husband were fixed upon her.
IN LONDON. 153
IMMEDIATELY after reaching New York, the
party went on board of a vessel bound for
Liverpool, at which place they duly arrived.
After a few days' rest they went to London, and
lived in a hotel there. In a few days after they
had become somewhat rested and interested in
their new surroundinirs, Mrs. Hastin2:s benan to be
more cheerful than she had been for many weeks ;
and when Octavia saw the delicate color steal-
ing into her face, and the soft tender light into
her eyes, her soul was troubled. Octavia had lost
none of her rare, bewitching beauty, but was
becoming thin and pale.
There was no congeniality of feeling between
Norva and Octavia. Mrs. Hastinijs tried to love
Octavia for her husband's sake, but could not; and
154 IN LONDON.
Octavia hated Norva so deeply that she shunned
her as much as possible. One morning, Norva
said to her husband :
'' Dear Lawrence, do you not feel alarmed about
"Wherefore alarmed, my dear wife?" said he,
"Because you love her so much, and I think
she is going into a consumption," said Norva,
As she spoke, every vestige of color left her
husband's face, and he hissed forth: "You lie,
madam, Octavia cannot die," and he trembled
with deep emotion. Norva recoiled back in alarm,
as if the man before her was insane.
Lawrence quickly remembered himself, and
going up to his wife he fell upon his knees at her
feet, and the voice that spoke was calm and soft,
as he said :
" My dear, dear wafe, forgive me. I know I
have acted like a brute: but your words filled me
with alarm, and made me very angry. I should
IN LONDON. 155
rather thank you for speaking to me about
Octavia with so much interest. She is the play-
mate of my childhood. She is too beautiful to
die," and in speaking of the beautj^ of Octavia, a
change came over this man's face, a change so
great that his wife could not help seeing, and she
sunk down into the nearest chair, pale, weak and
trembling. Her white lips parted to speak, but
her husband came and took her cold hands in his,
and smiled down sweetly into her face. His eyes
sought hers as he said : " My love, my wife, are
In a moment the color came back into her face
as she smiled back on him and said : " No, dear,
I am not ill, just a little faint," and he gathered
her to his heart and pressed kiss after kiss upon
her sweet face; and even then he was exulting
in his power over her. A few more days and he
felt he would be in a fair way to realize his cher-
After this scene, harmony was restored again
between husband and wife. The next day father
156 IN LONDON.
and son left London, the latter going to Corn-
wall, and Lis father to Manchester. They were
absent nearly three weeks, and both reached
London on the same day. They did not go to
their hotel at once, however, but entered a club-
house which both had frequented. Here father
and son compared notes.
" Well, old chap," said Lawrence, familiarly,
after he had taken a glass or two of wine,
" Splendid, my dear Lawrence, splendid ; I
have found just the place. Lind Hurst is one of
the most secure places of the kind in England ;
and also one of the most beautiful."
" I hope you have everything in readiness at
Castle Rook ? " resumed Mr. Hastings.
" Yes ; all is fair and bright in that quarter. I
have employed old Delgardo to look after my
business at Castle Rook, and you know he is to be
depended upon. Li him and Jessine, his wife, we
can put the greatest confidence. I have no fears
in that direction," said Lawrence, as he replen-
ished his glass.
IN LONDON. 157
'' It's a nice thing, governor, as they say
in America, to marry a fortune. The time
was when we could not afford to indulge in
anything of this kind," and as he spoke he held
up a decanter.
" Now that we have come to an understanding
we had better repair to our hotel and see how our
plans will work," laughed young Hastings, as the
two men left the club-house.
When the lamps were lighted for the night,
Lawrence knocked softly at Octavia's door,
and was admitted. There was another such
meeting as we have seen before at Hampton
Mead, in the far off mountains of North Caro-
lina. Lawrence clasped Oct a via in his strong
arms, and held her close to his throbbing
heart, while he said in the most affectionate
" My darling, it is done. A few more days,
and we will know the joys and realities of
earthly bliss. Then, my darling, your every
wish shall be gratified. Have I not redeemed
158 IN LONDON.
the promise I made you one year ago ? " said he,
straining her to him.
" Not quite," said she, as she looked into his
eyes and smiled. " I will tell you better a
week hence, dear Lawrence," and she rested her
head upon his bosom.
THE MASK FALLS. 159.
THE MASK FALLS.
IMAGINE the lonely rock-bound coast of Corn-
wall, with no appearance of life to redeem
the dull monotony of the everlasting waves, as
they lash themselves into fury against the dark-
gray rocks of an old tumble-down castle, which has
not been inhabited for years. A more isolated spot
could scarcely be found. A massive wall that
surrounded the castle on three sides had lately
been repaired. No vessel of any kind ever came
near this dreary ocean prison ; not even light
fishing-crafts hardly ever hove in sight of it.
One dismal, dreary winter night, a carriage
drew up at this old castle, and Lawrence Hastings
alighted and knocked sharply upon the great iron
gate with the head of his cane. Going back to
the carriage, he said to his wife :
" My love, it is growing very dark ' and chill ;
160 THE MASK FALLS.
we will stop here over night, and go on next
morning. I know the old couple who stay here,
and we shall be treated with great courtesy."
'' Lawrence, what is that dull, mournful sound I
hear? It chills my very soul!" said Norva, with
a sickenino: shudder.
'^ The wind is high, love, and it is the waves
lashins; asrainst the rocks and walls of the castle."
said Lawrence, lis^htlv.
"Oh, husband ! I shall die, if I have to listen
to that sound long ; I would rather go on to
your beautiful home, and be exposed to the
rain and storm on the road, than to seek shelter
" Do not be nervous and unreasonable, my dar-
ling," said Hastings, in a tone of anxiety. " In
the morning the wind and rain will have ceased,
and we shall soon reach our destination. Then
you will feel ashamed of your cowardice. There
is little romance in your composition, I fear ; for
my part, I love to listen to the sound that is so
disagreeable to you. The more noise the waves
THE MASK FALLS. IGl
make as thev beat a2:ainst the rocks, the sweeter
the music is."
Just then the gate flew open, and a man
appeared carrying a lantern.
^' What is wanted?" said a deep, gruff voice,
with a strong foreign accent.
Hastings went forward, and said :
"Ah ! Delgardo ! is that you ? "
^'Who calls my name?" said the man thus
"Have you forgotten me, my kind old friend?"
said Lawrence, laus^hins:.
" Oh, now I know you, Mr. Hastings. Come in
out of this storm ; it is fearful. I thought you
were in America. My old wife will be overjoyed
to know that you have returned. I suppose you
are on your way to your old home, the Morelands ?
But come in. By yourself, as usual?" said Del-
gardo, and he turned his swarthy face away from,
the light he held in his hand as he spoke.
Hastings gave a low, soft laugh, as he replied :
"No, Delgardo, I am not alone; my wife is with
162 THE MASK FALLS.
me ; and as the storm is severe, I hope jou and
your wife can give us comfortable shelter for the
" Of course, signor. We always have a room
for you; and my good wife will be delighted to
hear there is a fair signora. But the storm
increases. Come in, Signor Hastings."
Lawrence w^ent up to the carriage door and
opened it, saying, "Alight, dear Norva ; you will
soon be secure from the storm, within the walls
of Castle Rook."
Norva obeyed her husband; and as her small
feet came in contact with the ground, a cold sensa-
tion pervaded her whole being, and she clung to
her husband's arm. They passed through the
gate, and it swung shut with a dull, heavy sound.
A moment more and they entered the portals of
They were met in the wide corridor by old
'Jessine, who started back in well-feigned surprise,
saying, "Can this be Signor Hastings? It is
months since we have seen your handsome face
THE MASK FALLS. 163
and sweet Mademoiselle Stanley." She gave Norva
a keen, sharp look, and said, " Not Mademoiselle
" No," Hastings hastened to say ; " this beauti-
ful lady is my wife, Jessine, whom I found in
the wilds of America since last you saw me, and
we claim your hosj^itality for the night. I know,
as of old, you will make us welcome."
" That we will. Monsieur Hastings. Come
right in to this room, where we have a good fire ;
Madam looks cold and tired."
As the old woman spoke she opened a door to
her right, bade them enter, placed her candle on
the table, and drew a large easy-chair for Norva
up near the fire ; then telling her guests to make
themselves comfortable, w^ent out to prepare their
supper. Jessine shot a meaning look in Lawrence
Hastings' face as she was leaving the room, and
he smiled blandly back in her face.
When she was gone, Hastings said, " Is this not
better than being exposed to the storm and dark-
ness?" and he took her cold hands in his and
looked down into her frightened eyes.
164 THE MASK FALLS.
" Yes, better," she replied, wearily ; " but, oh !
how sadly the sea beats against the walls ! We
must leave this j)lace early in the morning ; shall
we not? That old French woman frightens me
with her evil-looking face."
Lawrence laughed a soft, low laugh, and said,
^^Yes, darling, w^e will leave here early in the
morning, and reach Morelands for breakfast. My
people will be greatly disappointed because we did
not get there to-night; but it cannot be helped."
In a little while old Jessine returned to the
room bearing a large tray of cold meats, fish, rolls,
and rich coffee.
For less than ten minutes after her meal Norva
reclined in her chair, and a strange, sweet feeling
stole over her, and in a little while was in a deep
sleep ; so profound was her slumber she forgot all
her troubles and fears of the old castle and the
grim face of old Dame Delgardo.
When Lawrence saw how profoundly she was
sleeping, he went to the door and motioned old
Jessine to follow him. When they were out of
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the room, he said, ^* You have been faithful to me,
Jessine. Do you and Delgardo prove as faithful
in the future as you have in the past, and your
reward shall be munificent. Let us find the old
man, and I will pay you and him the price agreed
'' Many thanks, monsieur," said Jessine. " You
can trust Delgardo and me ! Did I not nurse you
at my breast in your infancy? Shall I desert
you now ? "
When they reached the room in which Delgardo
was seated, smoking his pipe by the fire, Hastings
drew a roll of bank notes from his pocket and
handed them to Delgardo.
" More w^ill be furnished you bye-and-bye. You
have full instructions — follow them. I have no
time to lose. Everything is settled," he said,
quickly, and left the old man and woman and
returned to the room where he left his wife.
Norva's head had fallen back, and her face w^as
pale as death. Lawrence took her hand ; it w^as
as cold as ice. He removed all her jewels from
166 THE MASK FALLS.
her person, took her purse from her pocket, and
the costly ruby comb from her head, placing
them in the breast-pocket of his coat, and, with a
low, mocking bow, said, "Fare thee well, Mrs.
Lawrence Hastings ! Where and when shall we
next meet ? " and, with a fiendish smile darkening
his face, glided from the room.
I WILL WAIT. 167
1 WILL WAIT.
IT was a lovely summer's day. The sun shone
down on Glen Park with full brilliancy.
The merry birds sang from the branches of the
leafy trees, and all nature seemed to rejoice.
The scent of new-mown hay, mingled with the
delicate odor of blossoms, was wafted by the soft
summer breeze into Lady Hester Spotswood's
sitting-room. A very pretty room it was — large,
light and airy, with a southern aspect, and fur-
nished with exquisite taste. The view from the
open window was beautiful in the extreme. You
could look far off over fields of sweet-scented hay,
and also have a gaze on a lovely flower garden
where thousands of sv/eet flowers unfolded their
fragrance to the breeze.
Lady Hester, the stately half-breed, is not look-
inf^ at the meadows or the flowers. She is gazing
168 I WILL WAIT.
intently on a graceful figure robed in white muslin,
playing with a sunny boy eighteen months old.
A shadow gathers over the lady's face, and low,
half inaudible words fall from her lips ; then aloud
she says : " How very beautiful my darling Amy
is ! Is there another in England half so fair ? and
her child, my great-grandchild, he, too, is beau-
tiful. But he has the face of Walter Hampton!
God! where is thy justice! Where is the vile
destroyer of my granddaughter? Where is the
flither of that boy?" Lady Hester set her teeth
together and murmured : "I will wait."
Soon Amy came slowly on to the house, leading
her boy by the hand. She sought Lady Hester,
and said :
"Dear grandma, little Alfred can tell you his
name. Is he not bris^ht for a child of eis^hteen
months? Here, darling, tell grandma your
The little fellow went up to Lady Hester, tool^
hold of her hand, and said :
"I named Alfred Hampton."
I WILL WAIT. 169
"Yes, you are a Hampton, but like your poor
foolish mother, you have no right to the name
you bear. It is not your fault, little one," said
she, stooping and gathering him to her bosom,
while tears stole softly down her cheeks and fell
upon the young head she was caressing. He
looked up into her face with his innocent baby-
eyes, and she saw an expression that reminded her
of her dear child sleeping in her humble grave far
away in Virginia. Amy saw this look of tender-
ness that swept over her grandmother's usually
cold, proud face, and going to her side, fell upon
her knees and buried her golden head on her
bosom, and said:
"Oh, dear grandma, let me go back to America!
Why did you tear me from him I love so dearly !
If you knew how my poor heart aches for one
more look on his dear face — to hear again his
tender voice calling me Amy. Oh, for those few
blissful months we spent together in the mountain
, cave ! for these I would gladly exchange all this
grandeur. Grandmother, have pity on me; for
two years you have kept me from him!"
170 I WILL WAIT.
Lady Hester sprang to her feet and commenced
to walk the floor.
*'Amy Le Clare! how can you have the face to
come to me with such a request? Would you go
back to that man, and begin again a life of sin
and shame? I have already done more than most
women would have done. I have taken you to
my heart again, and will do all I can for you and
your son. In a few years I will have passed
away; then all this vast wealth will be yours and
his, to do with as you see fit; but I cannot permit
you to return to Walter Hampton even if he
asked it. Do you not know, simple child, that
he has forgotten you long ago, and perhaps taken
to himself a lawful wife ? "
"No, grandmother; he has not forgotten me; he
loill have 710 icife hut me ; he is the father of my
child,'' cried Amy, almost frantic with grief.
"It is plainly to be seen by any one who has
ever seen his handsome, treacherous face, that he
is the father of Alfred," said Lady Hester, coldly,
as she went out, leaving her granddaughter and
little Alfred alcne.
I WILL WAIT. 171
Amy was more beautiful now than wlien we
first met her at the spring in the Carolina moun-
tains. She still retained all the sweet girlish
beauty that Walter so admired, now height-
ened by the tender and holy love of mother-
hood. When left alone with her child, she
gathered him to her heart, and said: ^'Oh, little
one! has your father forgotten me? It must be
as grandma says; if not, why does he not come to
me ? I have w^ritten to him so many times, tell-
ing him of my whereabouts and of your birth, and
yet he does not seek me, does not even write to
me. Yes, little one, it must be so — and the stain
will never be lifted that rests upon your innocent
head, for your poor mother s lips are sealed by an
oath. God pity us, my child ! " Then she wailed
out : " Walter ! Walter ! would that you had let
me die when you took me insensible from the cold
waters of the river. Then there w^ould have been
no dear little baby to bear the shame and stigma
of our unfortunate marriage." Then hope whis-
pered, Write again : perhaps he did not receive
your letters. "Yes," she said; "I will write
again, and bribe old Susette."
She did so; but that letter shared the fate of all
the others she had written. Susette gave it to
Lady Hester, who consigned it to the flames,
Another dreary six months went by, and it had
been one year since Lawrence Hastings had taken
his departure from Castle Rook in storm and
darkness, and left his wife a captive, to pine her
life away in that old ocean prison. But where, all
this time, was her devoted father, that he did not
seek her out and save her from him she called her
BAD NEWS. 173
THE soft, misty shadows of the Indian summer
were hanging over the mountains. The
forest trees were clothed in all their glorious
splendor of gay autumn tints. Lawyer Byrd, as
he rode out of the grounds of Hampton Mead,
muttered to himself: "It is very strange Mr.
Hampton made the will he did, giving all his
vast wealth to Mrs. Hastings, and in case of her
death without issue, to her husband. I cannot
understand it ! I cannot bear the thouc^ht of this
place falling into the hands of Lawrence Hast-
ings ! " and as his eyes wandered over the lovely
park with its rare beauty, he sighed to think how
many changes had come to the occupants of
Hampton Mead in the last two years. " I dread
to make known the mission upon which I have
come ! " he said, as he rode slowly along up the
174 BAD NEWS.
smooth broad drive to the mansion. He met
Isom Turner, who had been airing the rooms,
with a huge bunch of keys in his hand on his way
to the overseer's house.
When Isom saw Mr. Byrd, he hastened to meet
him with a broad, good-natured smile on his black
face. There was not a negro on the j^h'^ce that
did not rejoice at Mr. Byrd's coming, for when he
visited them it was to read letters from the dear
ones over the sea. It had been several months
since any letters had come to their waiting,
anxious hearts. The smile on Isom's face vanished
when he saw the look of sloom res tin o; on the
lawyer's usually merry face ; and he quickly said :
" What news, Marster Byrd ? "
" Bad news, Isom ! bad news ! Your old master
is dead ; and your beautiful young mistress is
hopelessly insane ! "
" For de lub ob heben. Mars' Byrd ! what is
dis you tells me ? My old marster dead ! an' my
dear young Miss Norva gone 'stracted ! an' poor
Massa Walter ; I 'spects he is dead, too ! I's
BAD NEWS. 175
awfully griebed to hear dis very disagreeably
news, Mars' Byrd. I just t'ink it will be de
winding up blow to my old 'oman Silvia, for she
is just wrapt up in dem chillen."
'^ I expect the news will fall heavily on Aunt
Silvia," said Mr. Byrd, kindly ; " but let us go on
down to the quarters and call all hands to the
Before they had gone far, old Silvia saw them
comine, and hastened to meet them. Her old
black face lighted uj) with joy when she recog-
nized the lawyer, but when she had drawn nearer,
so that she could read the expression of his face,
she paused, and a gray, ashen hue settled over
her face, as she said :
"Marster Byrd, you has bad news for us dis
tinie ; I can see it in your 'spression ; I has felt
it coming; ; shadows casts der 'vents afore 'em. I
saw de new moon ober my left shoulder last night,
and I dream one ob Mars' Walter's doQ:s rolled on
his back last night in front ob me, and Belle, his
brudder, gib three prolongated howls dis morning.
176 BAD NEWS.
The doves an' whipperwills have been telling me
ob coming sorrow."
" You must not be so superstitious, Aunt
Silvia ! " said Mr. Byrd, gently. " But you are
right in regard to the news I bring you. Isom
will tell you. I will go on, as I see the overseer
coming to meet me."
This overseer was none other than Wilks,
whom we have once before mentioned in our first
chapter. He had come to this country with Mr.
Hampton, and was a sharer with him in beautify-
ing the lovely home of Hampton Mead, and as he
had proved a good and faithful servant over a few
things, Mr. Hampton had made him overseer of
his large plantation, and business manager in
general at Hampton Mead. And indeed Wilks
McCard had not only the regard and respect of Mr.
Hampton, but of every other person on the place.
He was getting on in years now, being many years
older than Mr. Hampton.
McCard was a tall, old white-haired Scotchman,
and with his keen, good figure, and measured walk.
BAD NEWS. it i
polished silver shoe-buckles and military hat, had
quite a venerable appearance. Wilks met the
lawyer with outstretched hands, and welcomed
him in the name of his absent master. Without a
w^ord, Mr. Byrd handed him a letter he had that
morning received from Lawrence Hastings. It
was brief, and ran as follows :
"London, Eng., JuJi/ 10th, 18 — .
" Mr. Saml. Byrd.
" Dear Sir : It is my painful duty to inform
you that Mr. Hampton, my much honored and
respected father-in-law, is no more. He departed
this life on the 25th of June. Cause of death —
gastric fever, as you will see by the certificate I
send you from his attending physician. I have
had so much trouble since his death, that I could
not write you before. As you know, my wife was
far from well when we left America. She has
never fully regained her health, and her father's
death proved a fearful blow to her, from which I
fear she will never recover. She has been a
raving maniac ever since. The physicians say her
case is a hopeless one. She is very frail. I fear
178 BAD NEWS.
very much that by the time I write again I will
have to moarr. her loss. How I wish we had
remained in America ! If my beloved wife sur-
vives, I will take her to Hampton Mead in Sep-
tember, and try what old, familiar scenes can do
for her. As you are my wife's lawyer, perhaps
you could suggest what would be the wisest thing
to do. My dear sir, believe me as ever,
" Your sorrowing friend.
' Lawrence Hastings."
Wilks McCard, having read the letter through,
folded it up and handed it back to Mr. Byrd.
His hand trembled and his lips quivered, but
he spoke not a word. He went slowly back to
his house, and rang the plantation bell for all
the hands to come in fi'om their labor. AVhea
they were all assembled, he tolled the bell slowly
and sadly several times.
The blacks did not know the meaning of this.
Mr. Byrd, however, occupying an elevated position,
so that all could hear him, proceeded to read
Hastings' letter. When he had finished, it was
heartrending to see their grief-stricken faces
BAD NEWS. 179
and hear their outbursts of sorrow. While Mr.
Byrd and McCard were trying to soothe them, a
young man, with a face like death, and lips com-
pressed, staggered, rather than walked, up to Mr.
Byrd and fell at his feet in a swoon. In a
moment another outburst came from the lips of
the multitude at the sight of their young master,
Walter Hampton. In their joy at seeing him
again they forgot their sorrow for a time. But
their joy was soon turned to wailing, for just
then two officers rode up, and one of them said :
" Where is Walter Hampton ? He is our
"Your prisoner !'' exclaimed Mr. Byrd, coldly.
" Mr. Flowers, what do you mean ? Is Walter
Hampton charged with any crime? Who is his
"Yes, sir," said Flowers. "He is charged
with the murder of a young girl bearing the
name of Amy Le Clare. At present it is not
necessary to make known the name of his accuser,
or state who it is that has preferred charges
180 CASTLE ROOK.
FOR a time we will leave Walter in his prison
cell at B , until we visit Castle Rook in
Cornwall, and see how long Norva Hastings slept
after old Jessine. had given her the drug in her
coflfee on the ni2:ht of her arrival.
It was late in the afternoon of the next day,
when she opened her eyes and found herself alone,
lying on a bed in a room, the windows of which
looked out on the great dark sea. The storm of
the night previous had passed away, but the
waves still rose and fell in angry tumult as they
dashed against the rocks. At first, Norva could
not remember where she was, and as she
attempted to leave her bed, fell back on her
pillow, weak and faint. The powerful drug had
left her as helpless as a little child, and in a low
voice she repeatedly called her husband's name,
CASTLE ROOK. 181
but received no reply, and only the dull sound of
the waves, as they washed the walls, reached her
In the course of an hour the door opened, and
old Jessine came in, bearing a tray with some
food. Norva looked at her and trembled, her
nerves were so excited b}^ the drug she had taken,
and the hard face of the old woman struck terror
to her heart, as she said :
"Where is Mr. Hastings? Where is my
The old woman almost laughed, as she said :
"Your husband. Mademoiselle Hastings, has
concluded to leave you here for a few days with
me, as he was suddenly called away on very
important business last night."
" Mr. Hastings gone and left me here, alone in
this horrible place ! Oh ! it cannot be ! I shall
go mad if he does not come and take me back to
London, to my father ! "
The old dame set her tray down on a table, and
turned and faced this sweet, beautiful mountain
182 CASTLE ROOK.
flower. She folded her fat hands on her breast^
and a dark, threatening look settled over her face
as she said :
" Madam, I will not deceive you longer. Yoit
will never leave Castle Rook alive. It is Monsieur's
intention to keep you here. Old Delgardo and
myself are your jailors. We are paid to detain
you, and I may as well tell you, first as last, that
Monsieur has no estate in this part of the country.
There is no such place as the Morelands. When
he left London, it was only to bring you here.
This close confinement, coupled with the damp
sea-air, will soon cut the delicate thread by which
your life hangs, and my foster child w^ill be free
to wed Mademoiselle Stanley — the most beautiful
woman in England. In addition, he wall have all
your great wealth. Now, madam, take my advice
and make up your mind to bear your imprison-
ment with patience,, for there is no chance of
escape for you."
Norva, at this announcement, summoned all
her strength, and in great excitement sprang
from her bed and cried :
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" Old woman, it is false ! My husband is not
the wretch you paint him to be ; and, if he were,
my father will seek me out and rescue me from
this terrible place. Mr. Hastings cannot keep me
here long. My father will soon miss me."
"Can't he, thoucfliV said old Jessine. "Tell me
how your father will find you, here in Cornwall,
when he himself is a prisoner near Manchester?"
"My flxther a prisoner! and for what?" said
Norva, with wild, starting ej'CS.
"Ha! ha! ha!" laughed Jessine, "you are so
dull, madam. Sit down here and quiet yourself,
and I will tell you something. Monsieur Lawrence
Hastings is poor. He loves Mademoiselle Stanley
better than his own soul. When he met you and
found you were a great heiress, they formed a plan
to become the possessors of all your wealth, and
this could not be accomplished without a marriage
between you and Monsieur Lawrence. You
have a brother whom Monsieur feared, and his
main object in life, at that time, was to get rid of
that brother, and he succeeded in having him
]84 CASTLE ROOK.
disinherited, and in a few months he will fill a
cell in some prison. Delgardo and I know all
Monsieur's plans. Madam, I tell you again, make
the best of your imprisonment. The news of your
father's death will be forwarded to America, and
also the report of your hopeless insanity; and a
few months later, the report of your death will
follow. Then Monsieur Hastings will come
into full possession of all the Hampton wealth;
then Delgardo and old Jessine will never know
Here the old woman paused for breath, and
Norva said :
"On what ground will my brother occupy a
prison cell ? "
" Murder ! " hissed old Jessine. " He has murdered
a fair young girl in America, named Mademoiselle
Le Clare ; and Monsieur Hastings will see that he
is hung for it!" cried the old hag, with a fiendish
This last piece of news was too much for
CASTLE ROOK. 185
Norva's terribly sliocked nerves, and she threw
her hands to her head, and with a piercing scream
fell senseless to the floor.
Jessine retired, using no effort to bring the poor
sufferer to ; and the night was far advanced when
she canie to herself again. Oh ! the horror of her
awakening, when she realized her awful situation!
She felt that she had been betrayed by the wiles
of a villain, and was completely in his power. He
had laid his plans well, by which to secure the
Hampton wealth and further his wicked designs.
Norva's father, '' a prisoner near Manchester ; " her
dear brother Walter, confined in a criminal's cell
far away in America, and herself a prisoner in this
sea-girt castle far from friends and home. " Home ! "
How sweet the word sounded as she murmured
it to herself in utter helplessness, thinking how
she would like to be within the walls of Hampton
Mead again a free and happy girl, with her darling
father and noble brother !
At last she said to Jessine, " Where are my
186 CASTLE ROOK.
jewels? "Where have you put them? Return
them to me at once !"
Old Jessine laughed, and said, " You will have
to call on Monsieur for your jewels and purse ; he
took them with him to London."
Poor Norva! Now all the scenes came up to
her that she had witnessed between Lawrence and
Octavia, and she hid her face in her hands and
wept the bitterest tears of her young life, while
she thought how she had been betrayed by him
whom she had loved and trusted. Alas ! he had
violated his obligations, and by his own infamy
set the seal of a villain upon his own Cain-like
"Ah ! if the old woman tells the truth," thought
she, "I am really doomed to remain here until
death frees me ! But no ! the God whom I have
loved and obeyed all my life will not suffer me to
perish here. By His divine and unseen help I
will escape, and live to confront my wretched
husband 1 Oh ! Lawrence ! Lawrence ! " at last
broke from her pale lips, "why did I ever love
CASTLE ROOK. 187
and trust you — you wlio have consigned me to
such a ]Dlace to die ? But I will not die ! I will
live for my father and brother ! "
Norva turned to the old woman, and said,
" Leave me ; I wish to be alone."
A grim smile hovered over the face of old
Jessine Delgardo, as she complied with Mrs.
When Norva was alone, she fell upon her Icnees
and prayed God to give her strength to endure her
great sorrow that had been sent upon her; she
prayed that some way would be provided for her
God surely answers prayer; but eighteen months
passed, and still Norva was at Castle Eook, and
her strength had begun to fail. In all this time
she had seen no one, save Jessine and old Del-
gardo. No sound had penetrated her ears, save
the harsh voices of her jailors and the continual
dash, dash, of the waves, and the cry of the sea-
^ gull, as it flapped its wings against her window.
Many times she had been upon the eve of throw-
188 CASTLE ROOK.
ing herself from her window into the dark waters
below her ; but as often she would say, " No, I
will wait, and trust in God a while yet." Then
thoughts of Lawrence would rise up before her,
and she would say, " Was it for this I gave all for
thee ? Ohj man, where is thy shame !"
.LIND HURST. ISO
0( NOW and ice glittered in the pale, English
KJ sunlight as Amy and her little son drove
along the road in a pony phaeton, some four miles
from Glen Park. The flowers had all faded and
died ; the hedges were leafless, and sent forth no
delicate perfume; but the landscape was beautiful,
and poor Amy enjoyed the view very much. She
had never been so far from the Park since her
residence there began, two years ago and over.
A little further on they came upon a lovely
place on the left — a large, white stone building,
surrounded by a beautiful grove of tall, graceful
trees, protected by a high stone wall. Amy
turned to the groom wdio was attending her, and
said, "James, what place is this to our left?"
"Oh!" he said, "that is Dr. Hurst's private
infirmary for the insane, and it is called Lind
190 LIND nURST.
Hurst. It is too lovely a place to be devoted to
anything so sad," he said, with a shake of the
head; "and it is rumored there are many who go
there that do not have diseased minds."
" You do not mean to say any one would go
there of their own accord, and when it was not
necessary," said Amy, in surprise ; for there w^as
somethino; so terrible to her mind in one beino;
shut up in such a place during a person's sanity,
that she shuddered.
" Oh, no ! they don't go there of their own
accord," said James ; " they are sent there because
they are in the way. There was a rich lord as
married a fair, sweet girl, and in time he grew
tired of her, and had her put in Lind Hurst.
After she had been there five years she escaped,
and came to Glen Park ; that was during the
Earl's time. She told him her story, and he kept
her concealed until she could hear from her
friends. As soon as they found out where she
was, they came and took her away. We never
heard what became of her after that ; at least, I
LIND HURST. 191
Amy let her ponies walk slowly along the
hedge-road, and kept her eyes strained to catch a
glimpse of some of the inmates, but could not. She
thought, " There are many poor creatures more
wretched than myself. Oh, Walter ! how could
you treat me so ! when I love you so dearly ;
and shall love you while I live. But my trust is
At a sudden turn in the road they met a car-
riage drawn by two splendid black horses, that
pranced in handsome silver-mounted harness. The
carriage had one occupant, a man, perhaps forty
years of age, with dark eyes, hair and beard. His
features were cast in the most delicate mould.
Soft, sweet, sunny smiles rippled over the face of
this Apollo, as he lifted his hat politely to Amy,
and then passed on. " His face has the beauty
and softness of a leopard in repose," thought Am}';
then, beckoning for James to come up, she asked :
" Do you know that gentleman ? "
" Yes, Miss Amy ! that was the proprietor of
Lind Hurst — Dr. Hurst himself!"
192 LIND HURST.
" I thought so ! " said Amy. " But we have
gone far enough; let us turn and go back, or grand-
mother will become uneasy at my long absence.
She is expecting papers from America to-day, and
I am anxious to look them over with her."
She turned her ponies' heads in the direction of
Glen Park again, and as she passed Lind Hurst,
kept a keen, sharp watch fixed upon it as before,
but saw no one.
They had nearly passed the high stone wall,
when a small white stone fell at the feet of the
23onies and caused them to turn to one side of the
road. Amy had seen it on its flight before it fell,
and was sure it came from the other side of the
" Here, James, alight and hand me that stone
or whatever it may be," she said, in some excite-
James got off his horse and picked it up, and
handed it to her. It was a sheet of writing paper
rolled around a small stone. Amy, with trem-
bling fingers, opened the paper, smoothed it out,
LIND HURST. 193
and read that which caused the color to leave her
beautiful face, and her blood to run cold in her
Let us look over her shoulder and read with her:
" For God's sake ! whoever gets this, try to
rescue me from this horrible place ! Enemies
have had me placed here, and have sent the
report of my death to America, so that they may
get full possession of my property. Try to save
me, for the love of heaven ! My name is Alfred
Hampton, of North Carolina, in the United States.
Whoever eets this, trv to o:et inside : carry a
white rose in your hand, and I will know I have
When Amy finished reading it, she pressed her
lips together and thought : " Mr. Hampton, /
will go to your rescue! / will give you your
liberty! Amy Le Clare, the poor half-breed's
grandchild, who loved your son so much, will
save you, for the sake of this little one at my
side. I will do this to repay Walter for the
pure and happ}^ days we spent together before
194 LIND HURST.
grandmother tore me from him. Where is he
now? why does he not write? has he forgotten
me? will he ever know he has a son?
"James, are you a true friend of mine?" said
Amy. "Would you keep a secret for me, and
aid me in something if it lay in your power to
" I would do anything to aid a relative of Lord
" Then do not tell my grandmother of this
letter. There is one in deep distress w^ithin these
walls — one whom she has known in America,
but she would not try to get him out, I fear, and
would try to prevent me from doing so if she
suspected his presence there."
" Some relative," thought James, " that my
grand Lady Hester does not like. Miss Amy,
do not think me impertinent, but is this from a
" No, James, it is a gentleman much older than
yourself, and relation of my boy."
" It's enough. Miss Amy. I will do all I can
LIND HURST. 195
for you," said James, with deep respect, for the
servants at Glen Park all loved this fair, sweet
girl very dearly, and idolized her child.
Lady Hester had told them when she first came
to Glen Park, that she had taken Amy from the
father of her child because he was unworthy of
her, and they all looked upon her as a wedded
wife, but knew not the name of her husband.
Little Alfred never put Hampton to his name,
unless when told to do so by his mother.
When Amy reached home she found Lady
Hester deeply interested in her mail. She had
received several American papers, and a letter
from her lawyers. Sparks & Wind, and it was
highly necessary, they said, that she should be in
Wilmington the first of the coming April. In
one of the latest Wilmington papers she read the
following notice :
" The trial of young Walter Hampton, for the
murder of Miss Le Clare, is put off until the April
term, when he expects to produce witnesses to
prove his innocence."
196 LIND HURST.
This paper Lady Hester burned, for fear Amy
might also see this notice. Amy, however, took
little interest in the papers when she found there
was no letter for her. In the following week,
Lady Hester was on her way to Wilmington, with
a promise made to Amy that she would endeavor
to see Walter Hampton.
A HAPPY smile played over the face of Dr.
Hurst, a month later, as he met his friend,
the elder Hastings, who had called to see how
his victim was getting along, and to pay the
doctor for his valuable services.
" So you say your patient is failing rapidly,'*
said Hastings, with a degree of great satisfaction,
stroking his beard.
" Yes," said the doctor, " he seems to be suffer-
ing from a low fever, and keeps his bed most of
'' That is well, doctor. Now, tell me how you
are making it with the golden-haired blonde you
wrote to me about some weeks ago."
"Splendidly!" said the doctor. "She is a little
widow, and you know a man can get along faster
in courtship with one of those angels, than with
one who has never been married. Hastings, it is
strange that I have lived to be as old as I am,
and never loved a woman before. This beautiful
creature, besides not being twenty yet, is one of
the wealthiest heiresses in England, Lady May
Glenmore, of Glen Park. Her grandmother has
gone to the United States, and I am admitted to
her presence every day, and sometimes she comes
here to superintend some improvements I am
making at her suggestions. I am looking forward
with great joleasure to my early marriage. It will
be before Lady Hester comes home, as she is
bitterly opposed to Lady May's marrying again.
But tell me, where is Lawrence?"
"He and his bride are in Kome now. They will
return to London in the spring, and then leave
England and take up their abode in America.
Now I must be off, as I have to make a visit down
in Cornwall. When I return again, a month later,
I hope to meet the beautiful Mrs. Hurst," and
Hastings departed, little dreaming that the lovely
Lady May was Amy Le Clare, his own daughter,
and that she was planning, through Dr. Hurst's
weakness for herself, to save the man of all the
rest of the world he wished to see dead.
At this same moment. Amy was trying to form
a plan by which to rescue the poor man from the
dark, gloomy walls where he had spent over a
Mr. Hampton now fully understood why Walter
disliked Lawrence Hastings; it was something that
Walter could read in his nature that had been hid
from himself and his poor unfortunate daughter.
After Amy had puzzled her brain for some
time, she rang the bell and told the woman that
answered it to send James to her; when he had
come, she said :
'^ James, I wish j^ou to ride for your life to Lind
Hurst, and tell Dr. Hurst to come to me at once,
that I am ill and have a request to make of him.
He will not refuse, I know. Then, hasten back,
and go to your room and put on the disguise I
have there for you. Do not fail to carry a white
rose in your hand."
When James was gone, Amy said: "How fortu-
nate that James is so tall ! and what a blessing
that I came across that j^ackage of drugs yester-
day! They are harmless, and I can but try, and
God be with me in my effort.'*
It was late at night when James came back.
He was accompanied by the soft, sweet-smiling
doctor. Amy was reclining on a sofa; her pale,
golden hair streamed over the pillow, and her
pure, lovely cheeks burned with excitement,
and her eyes shone with a light born of a holy
The doctor fell upon one knee at her side and
" Lady May, I am your slave ; what can I do
Tor you?" He felt her pulse, and looked in her
strangely brilliant eyes. She never flinched.
"You are terribly nervous, my love," he said.
"Lady Hester will be at Glen Park soon. I had
a letter from her to-day. What will she say when
she comes, and finds out that you are visiting me?"
"Is that it, my love?" said the doctor, smiling
to think how this fair young creature confided in
Lifting her eyes to his face, she said : " Dr.
Hurst, how long can you remain away from your
patients to-night, and stay with me ? I am so
" Until you are better, Lady May, if it is until
morning," said the doctor, softly.
" I am so glad," said Amy. " We will have
coffee together for the first time. I will make it
myself, if you will let me rise," and she gave him
one of those winning smiles that men find so
hard to resist.
When she was gone, the doctor leaned back in
his chair and gave himself up to sweet, pleasant
thoughts of the time when Lady May would be his
wife. ^^And that day is not far distant," he said
to himself, as Lady May made her appearance, fol-
lowed by a servant bearing a tray, with two steam-
ing cups of coffee and some sweetmeats. When
they were placed upon the table, the doctor arose
and placed a chair for the lovely woman he hoped
to call his wife, and seating himself on the opposite
sidC; so he could take in all her rare, sweet
beauty, said :
" How nice it will be, Lady May, when you are
my wife: we will take our meals at our own
Amy smiled back on him, but made no reply.
All the time her heart beat so fast and loud she
feared he would hear it.
" What delicious coffee. Lady May ! I never
remember to have drunk better. I will trouble
you for the second cup."
This was something she had not expected, and
she arose and said :
" This is our own little private supper. I will
get the coffee myself"
She feared to give him more of the drug, and
she feared to give him strong coffee without
it, for fear it would prove an antidote for the
drug she had already given him. When she
returned with the two cups filled again, he saw
she was deathly pale ; and he arose and came to
her side at once.
" My dear Lady May, you are ill ; lean on me."
" No ; it is nothing," said she, smiling faintly ;
" I am like you, I need another cup of coffee to
brace my nerves. I was thinking of Lady
"All this will soon be past, Lady May," said
the doctor, as he drained his cup for the second
When the little supper was finished, Amy said,
with a bright smile, " Dr. Hurst, have I ever
played for you?"
His eyes gleamed with delight, as he said, " No,
Lady May ; you never have. Nothing would give
me more pleasure than to hear you sing, unless it
were to call you my wife," and the doctor sat
down, and watched the delicate fingers as they
touched the strings of her Spanish guitar.
Before she had finished singing one verse of a
sweet old ballad, he was murmuring, " Oh ! how
sweet ! " and fast sinking into a deep sleep.
At last his head fell back on the divan on
which he had been reclining, and Amy knew the
sun would be high in the heavens when he awoke.
She arose, laid her guitar aside, and looked
down on this sleeping leopard, and a look of scorn
and loathing stole over her face and flashed from
" Poor idiot ! " she said, as she went and touched
In a moment there was a low knock at the door ;
she went and opened it softly. She started back,
and a half-smothered scream escaped her pale
lips. Was she dreaming? or did Dr. Hurst stand
before her ?
She cast a sudden look in the direction of the
divan ; there the doctor lay like one dead.
" Come in, James ; it is now one o'clock. You
know the room. Take the keys from Dr. Hurst's
pocket ; put on his great coat and be off, and God
be with you. This man will not awaken until
twelve to-morrow, and there is much to be accom-
plished in that time. Take the doctors horse,
and leave him at Lind Hurst. You and your com-
joanion must walk back to Glen Park, and may
God speed you," said she, sinking on her knees
and praying God to crown her efforts with success.
The dull gray dawn of a winter's morning was
just streaking the eastern horizon when old James
returned to Glen Park, and ushered in a pale,
weary, white haired man. His form was bent as
if by age, but it was grief and starvation. This
man was the once hale, noble-looking Mr. Hamp-
ton, of Hampton Mead.
Amy met them in the hall, and her sweet voice
rang out with joy and praise, as she said, " Thank
God ! Mr. Hampton, you are free from the w^alls
of Lind Hurst. Now you must away to London,
and hide yourself from your enemies ; for when
the doctor awakens he will suspect something, and
it will not be long until he wdll have his blood-
hounds on your track. First take a glass of wine
and some refreshing food, and then try to get a
few hours repose ; then you can breakfast, and
reach Manchester as soon as possible."
The old man was too weak to express his thanks
to this brave girl then. He took her advice ; she
led him herself to a warm, pleasant room, where
he could lie down on a soft bed and sleep. He
soon fell into a deep slumber, with a blessing on
his lips for this lovely woman with hair like
The little French clock on the mantel-piece was
on the point of striking ten, when Mr. Hampton
opened his eyes. He started, a low moan escaped
his lips, as a vision, like what his son Walter was
at two years of age, stood looking at him.
"What is your name, little one?" said Mr.
The child held out its little hand, and said:
" My name is Alfred Hampton, and so is yours.
My mamma say you is my danpapa;" and in a
moment more the little fellow flew to his mother
and said: "Danpapa is dead ! "
" Oh, my darling, did you go into his room ? I
have been so busy preparing him some nourish-
ment I had forgotten you," and she hastened to
Mr. Hampton's room, where she found he had
fainted. She used every restorative she could
think of. At hast she was rewarded by hearing a
deep-drawn sigh, and seeing his eyes open. Her
heart throbbed, for was not this Walter's father ?
" Who are you ? " he said, in a deep whisper.
"I am Amy Le Clare, Hester Spotswood's
'' You Amy Le Clare ! Oh ! God ! and was it
for such a creature as you I banished my only
son ! But how came you here ? I thought you
" It is a long story," said Amy, " and I would
rather not tell you, for you have no time to lose."
" But that child — is he yours and Walter
Hampton's ? "
" He is," said Amy, in a low voice.
" Where is Walter ? "
" That I cannot tell you," said Amy, while the
tears stole into her eyes ; " I have not seen or
heard of him in over two years. My grandmother,
now Lady Hester Glenmore, took me away from
our cave when Walter was absent. I have writ-
ten him many letters, but have never heard from
him. I shall tell you nothing more, now, until
you have taken some refreshments," said Amy, in
a tone of deep feeling. " After that please tell me
how you came to be an inmate at Lind Hurst."
" God bless you," said Mr. Hampton : " you are
a brave girl. May God reward you for this deed."
Even then her reward was on its way over the
HE MUST BE TAKEN. 209
HE MUST BE TAKEN.
N an elegant villa overlooking the beautiful
Arno, Lawrence Hastings and Octavia lived,
spending Mr. Hampton's money with lavish hands.
Lawrence had written to Mr. Bjrd that his
beloved wife, Norva, had passed away, and that
he was now alone, but would be at Hampton Mead
again in the spring. " And then, my darling
Octavia, you shall be mine in the sight of the
laws of the land, w^hen that woman will have
passed away. Siie cannot live at that lonely
place much longer. Her father is dead by this
time, I dare say. Walter will be sure to swing
for the murder of my sister. If he does not, he
would not think of contesting his father's will,
and even if he did, I w^ould law him to the end of
my life. He will die by the law; I shall become
heir to all the Hampton wealth."
210 HE MUST BE TAKEN.
"It is very strange about this sister of yours,"
said Octavia; "I never remember to have heard
anything about her before ; " and a shadow over-
cast her face, and a strange .light gleamed in her
" This fair-haired girl was my half-sister, never-
theless," said Lawrence. " Octavia, you are look-
ing pale, and this is the day we have set to visit
the art gallery. Let us be off, and perhaps by the'
time we get back we will find letters from the old
chap, bringing us good tidings," he said, while he
pressed his lips to this guilty woman's brow.
Oh, how sad that one so beautiful should be so
unwomanly as to listen to Lawrence Hastings'
dishonorable words. His father had accomplished
the awful plan of having Mr. Hampton confined
at Lind Hurst mad-house, and poor Norva was a
prisoner at Castle Rook !
They had gone through a form of marriage
when they both knew of Norva's whereabouts.
But the few that knew them in London supposed
Mr. Hampton and his beautiful daughter dead.
So Octavia lived with Lawrence as his wife.
HE MUST BE TAKEN. 211
The only thought that Lawrence Hastings had
of Norva was, " When will old Delgardo write and
tell me she is dead ? When will my father write
and tell me Mr. Hampton also is no more ? Then
I will marry Octavia, and enter into possession of
one of the first estates in America, and be happy
with the only woman I ever cared for."
It is an old sajang — it is darkest before dawn.
It might be added that our brightest prospects are
often overcast by disappointment, as will be in
Lawrence Hastinsfs' case.
He and Octavia spent the morning in one of the
galleries of Florence, returning to the villa in time
for lunch, which was served in a style becoming a
palace. Poor Norva's money had bought all those
comforts and luxuries, while she was an inmate of
the lonely sea-girt castle.
Shortly after lunch, a man-servant entered with
a letter. Lawrence recognized his father's hand-
writing at once, and his face lighted up with a
"All must be well at last," he muttered. "I
212 HE MUST BE TAKEN.
must now be master of that vast property across
the sea," and he hastily broke the seal and read
that which made him gnash his teeth with rage.
He threw the letter from him, and a low, muttered
curse escaped his compressed lips, and he said in
a low voice :
"Escaped from Lind Hurst! That is some-
thing I had not looked for. That idiot of a
doctor, to have the weakness to be taken in by
the fair face of a woman ! "
" You forget, Lawrence, that you love a
woman," said Octavia, with a playful smile.
" But what troubles you ? " and she came to his
side and took his hand as she spoke.
" More than enough troubles me, my darling.
Mr. Hampton has escaped from Lind Hurst, and
all through Dr. Hurst's foolish love for a woman,
who by some means or other found out Plampton
was there, and by a well-formed plan, and acting
through the doctor's great weakness for herself,
succeeded in releasing him from the asylum.
Perhaps, even now, he may be on his way to
HE MUST BE TAKEN. 21
America, after my writing to that old lawyer
Byrd, that he was dead, and his daughter, too.
We must go to London at once, and if he has not
already gone, he must be recaptured and taken
back to Lind Hurst. If he reaches America, we
are ruined ! Now, love, prepare for this journey
at once. We have no time to lose. This man
must be secured, and if the worst comes to the
worst, he must be silenced forever. I swear by all
that I hold sacred on earth, and that is my love
for you, Octavia, to possess the Hampton wealth.
We will now go to London, and I will leave you
in comfortable quarters, and wdien I return to you
again, I will be as free as a bird of the air,"
and he strained this lovely woman to his bosom,
and his eyes looked into hers.
Each could read the other's thoughts, and each
could read a deadly purpose.
214 amy's courage.
AMY S COURAGE.
ET US mark Dr. Hurst, as he opens his eyes
the next morning, when the bright winter
sun was high in the heavens. At first he could
not tell where he was. He glanced around the
room in a strange, bewildered manner, then slowly
it dawned upon him where he was. Why was
he there ? He put his hand to his head. '^Ah !
I have it ! " he said. " I have been drugged.
For what purpose? And by whom? Could it
have been by Lady May? What could be her
object?" He put his hand in his pocket and felt
for his keys. They were there. He arose and
his head felt heavy. He went to the bell-pull and
pulled it sharply. James soon made his appear-
ance. "Look here, my man; can you tell me
what has happened to me, and why I am here ? "
" I cannot," said James. " Unless you drank
amy's courage. 215
too much wine and overslept yourself, "whicli
probably is the case."
" Hardly," said the doctor. " Go and send your
lady to me at once. Perhaps she can throw some
light on the subject."
James left the room, and in a short time after,
Amy made her appearance. She did not tremble
with fright as some women would have done.
Her face was pale and her lips were firmly com-
pressed, her eyes glowed with a glad, triumphant
light, and her heart beat fast from excitement, and
not from fear of the dark villain that stood before
" Well ! Lady May Glenmore ! I have had
quite a nap since three this morning, and now 'tis
nearly noon. Can you account for it in any way?
Your man — James, I think you call him — says I
had taken too much wine. But I never take
wine. I know that the coffee I drank in this
room last night was drugged, and it must have
been by your hands alone, as you insisted on pre-
paring it yourself Now, Lady May, tell me if I
am not right, and what was your object."
216 amy's courage.
Suddenly a strange look came over her. A
look in which the deepest contempt was depicted,
as she said :
'' Dr. Hurst, you are right. It was drugged last
night, and it was my hands that prepared it. I
will tell you my object in so doing. It Avas to get
possession of your keys and retain you here, until
I could rescue a gentleman from Lind Hurst, who
has been confined there for over a year, and whose
mind is as clear as yours or mine : a gentleman
whom you have tried to starve and destroy. Not
that he ever harmed you, but simply, because you
w^ere paid well to keep him there, with a promise
to be paid better if he should die in that terrible
asylum. Thank God, he is safe from your persecu-
tions at last ! " said Amy, as a sweet and holy
smile j)layed over her girlish face. " I know that
Mr. Hampton is in your power no more — that his
days of persecution are over. I know that he is
in Manchester now, where you dare not molest
him, and I wish you to know that it was through
me that all has been accomplished : through
amy's courage. 217
me, Lady Hester Glenniore Spotswood's grand-
daughter. I never told you my name was Lady
May Glenraore, for that is not my name. I have
given you no power over me. I have simply
worked on your weakness, and have succeeded in
effecting Mr. Hampton's rescue from Lind Hurst
and your cruel persecution. Now I will bid you
good-morning, sir, as I shall be very busy for the
next few days in getting the house in order to
receive my grandmother, Lady Hester."
Amy was turning to leave the room, when Dr.
Hurst sprang at her and attempted to grasp her
'^ Stand back, sir, or your life shall pay the
forfeit! I came to this room prepared to meet
and deal with a villain. Lay but the weight of
your finger upon me, and I will shoot you with as
little remorse as I would some beast of prey," and
the soft, delicate hand drew forth from her bosom
a silver-mounted pistol, which she held firmly in
her right hand ready for use, should circumstances
218 amy's courage.
The doctor saw tins, and recoiled a step or two
back, and his generally calm, dark face became
dangerous in its aspect, as he said :
" My beautiful singing bird, you have played
your game well, but I will hold the trump card
yet. Ere this time to-morrow I will have bagged
my escaped game, and when that is done look to
yourself," and the smile of a foiled villain played
over his face as Amy left the room, and he found
He gathered up his hat and great-coat and
hastily left the house. He looked for his horse.
He was srone, so the outwitted ruffian was com-
pelled to walk to Lind Hurst. When he was
gone. Amy knelt and lifted her voice to God in
thanks for Mr. Hampton's delivery from the
hands of his persecutors.
When Dr. Hurst reached the asylum, he found
his horse there, and no one seemed surprised at his
absence. He did not want any of his assistants to
know how a woman had foiled him, and he said to
one of them :
amy's courage. 219
"No. 27 escaped from me last night when I had
taken compassion on him and took him out for a
walk. We must get him back; he is one of the
best pajdng patients I have. He is in Manchester.
You must look after him at once, Watson ; watch
every avenue and see that he does not reach
London, We must have him back ; I say loe must,'^
and a strange light came into Dr. Hurst's eyes,
and a peculiar exjDression settled over his hand-
The man addressed as " Watson " understood
his meaning. Dr. Hurst w^rote a few hasty lines
to Mr. Hastings, and sent them to Manchester.
In a few days the elder Hastings appeared at Lind
Hurst, and gathered the full particulars of all that
had taken place. He was wild with anger and dis-
may at what had occurred, and WTote at once the
letter to his son which determined Lawrence's and
Octavia's departure for London.
A month later, father and son met at the same
club-rooms where we have seen them together
before, when the following conversation took place.
220 amy's courage.
"Cheer up, Lawrence; he is safe at Lind Hurst
once more. We had a chase, I can tell you; but
never fear — all is well ; the way is open now for
you to claim the Hampton wealth. I advise you
to have Hampton removed from Lind Hurst to
Castle Rook, where there is no possible chance for
escape; for when his friends, whoever they are, find
he is again missing, they will search for him at
Lind Hurst; and that will never do. He must be
carried to Castle Kook, for if there should be any
trouble raised on his account. Dr. Hurst can throw
open his doors and defy the law. It cannot be
proven that Hampton was recaptured or that he
was of sound mind when he escaped."
"A good idea," said Lawrence. " I am glad the
old coon is safe again, and also glad that you have
hit upon a plan of security. I will tell you what
we must do. We will convey him to the Castle,
and leave him and his daughter to work out their
own salvation there. We will leave them a small
quantity of provisions, and post old Delgardo and
Jessine. Of course the provisions will soon give
out, and they cannot live long on the sea air at
amy's courage. 221
Castle Rook. We have no time to lose, and must
remove this man at once. Tell me who is this
girl that helped Norva's f\ither to escape ? "
Old Mr. Hastings' face became as pale as death,
as he said : "Amy Le Clare, or Amy Hastings,
Lawrence started back and gasped, as he said :
"Amy Le Clare ! impossible ! With my own eyes
I saw her dead, and her beautiful pale face has
haunted me ever since I saw her lying in that
mountain cave with the cold death-damp upon her
cold face. There must be some mistake; your
daughter Amy is dead; Walter Hampton is
accused of being her murderer, and at this time is
in a criminal's cell awaiting his trial," said
Lawrence, thoughtfully, and a dark, gloomy look
settled over his face. " But we must not stop to
speculate on this questioi ; we must get this man
safe to Castle Rook, and the sooner the better.
Do you go to Lind Hurst at once, and I will follow
you in ten days, and in a short time we will have
all safe a2:ain. This time there shall be no
222 LADT HESTER IS FOLLOWED.
LADY HESTER IS FOLLOWED.
AFTER attending to her business with her
lawyers, Lady Hester had fulfilled her
promise to Amy, and visited Walter in prison.
She resumed her coarse, plain clothes, not w^ishing
it known that she now was w^ealthy. When she
called at the jail to see Walter, every one supposed
she was simply plain Hester Spotswood. To poor
Walter, who had been in prison for many months,^
her face was as the face of an angel. All his
pleading to tell him where Amy might be found
When Walter w^as released, old Silvia fell at
his feet, and sobbed forth :
"Thank God, my noble boy is not a murderer!
Poor old marse' died thinking you had blood on
your soul, honey, and for ober two years I has
believed the same. Massa Walter, will you forgib
poor old Mammy for tinking dis ebil of you?"
LADY HESTEI? IS FOLLOWED. 223
" Yes, Mammy Silvia, I forgive you," said
Walter. '^ But oh ! that my poor father should have
died thinking me guilty, is more than I can bear.
What a broken-up family we are — father gone,
and my sister too ; I can hardly realize it. Then
my father's will. Lawrence Hastings is now
master of Hampton Mead. It will be very hard to
see the dear old home pass into other hands. The
greatest blow will be to see Lawrence PLastings the
master of all the blacks who have been so kindly
treated, for he is a man without honor or feeling.
However, I will try to earn money enough to
purchase you and Isom. Would to heaven it was
in my power to save you all from this man! I
am going away now ; perhaps when I return, I
will be able to save them all."
When Hester Spotswood left for Wilmington,
Walter went on the same stage-coach with her,
but so well disguised, that she had no suspicion
that the old, white-haired man, with his eyes
shaded by a pair of green spectacles, was the
handsome Walter Hampton.
224 LADY HESTER IS FOLLOWED.
Colonel Field, of Cedar Vale, had made himself
Walter's banker for the time, and consequently he
found himself not without money, and ready to
follow Lady Hester to ahnost any place she
When they reached Wilmington, what was
Walter's surprise to see Hester at the hotel,
dressed in a rich black satin dress, with soft, rich
lace at her throat and wrists! This dress was
very becoming to this queenly woman. Walter
was still more astonished next day, when he
followed her on board a vessel bound for Liverpool.
He also took passage in the same vessel.
It was a beautiful spring evening when Lady
Hester reached Glen Park, and found Amy and
her little son awaitins; her. There was an
anxious, yearning look on Amj^'s face, and her
eyes burned with excitement, as her grandmother
drew her to her heart.
Amy was dressed in a delicate rose-colored silk,
with rich, creamy lace at her delicate white throat,
with white roses in her golden hair and upon her
LADY HESTER IS FOLLOWED. 225
bosom. Never had she appeared so beautiful to
Lady Hester as she did on this evening of her
arrival from America, and her heart ached for the
lovely creature as she gazed upon her tender,
suffering face, and thought of Walter Hampton's
great anxiety to know where Amy was.
" No wonder he loves this fair girl," she
murmured, and her conscience smote her for not
having told Walter.
She saw the troubled look on Amy's face, and
said, "Amy, my darling, I saw Walter Hampton ;
he is well, and he asked about you, as to where
you were living, and if you were well."
"Is that all?" said Amy, in a voice agitated
with emotion. " Did he not ask about little
" No, my child, he did not."
Amy covered her face with her hands, and a
low cry escaped her lips as she fell fainting at her
grandmother's feet. Lady Hester had seen Wal-
ter, and she had hoped so much from this meeting,
but it was all over now; and with that cry of
226 LADY HESTER IS FOLLOWED.
despair that escaped her lips, she surrendered up
Lady Hester stooped to lift her up ; hut a
strong arm pushed her back, and a deep musical
voice said, " Mrs. Spotswood, this is my wife ;
mine shall be the hands to lift her, and my bosom
henceforth her resting-place."
Lady Hester raised her eyes in a frightened
manner, and beheld her stage-coach companion,
the white-haired old gentleman with the green
glasses, bending over the still form of Amy.
" Your wife, sir ! In the name of heaven, sir,
who are you?" and Lady Hester stepped back
trembling, and her black eyes glowed with a
strange light. Walter tore the glasses from his
eyes, the gray wig from his head, and the long
beard from his face. Ladj^ Hester looked at him
for a moment, then said, sharply, " Walter
Hampton, what are you doing at Glen Park?"
Walter gathered Amy in his arms, and pressed
her to his heart, as he said, " Mrs. Spotswood, you
would give me no satisfaction concerning my wife^
LADY HESTER IS FOLLOWED. 227
SO I determined to follow you and find her, if
possible;" and then he pressed his lips to Amy's,
and held her to his bosom, while he murmured,
*'Amy, Amy, my darling wife ! open your eyes and
speak to me. My love, it is Walter, your
Lady Hester sank into a chair and said, "Are
you her husband?"
"Yes, madam, I am," said Walter. "For
heaven's sake, get me something to recover my
Lady Hester obeyed him, and in a few moments
the brown eyes opened, and rested full upon
Walter's face ; then they closed again, and she
murmured, " Is it a dream, or is it my darling
Walter said, "Amy, my precious wife, it is no
dream : I am here, your husband. It is I who
hold you in my arms, as in the by-gone days in
the cave of the old, dear mountains."
At this, the eyes looked into Walter's face, the
fair, snowy arms were twined about his neck, and
228 LADY HESTER IS FOLLOWED.
the sweet voice that had power to stir his soul, as
no other voice had, said, " Oh, Walter, am I dream-
ing, or do you really press me to your heart again
as of yore, and call me your wife?"
" It is reality, my love," said Walter. " In the
presence of your grandmother, I press you to my
bosom and call you Wife — the sweetest and
dearest name ever uttered by man."
With a low, glad cry. Amy sprang from her
husband's arms, and flew to Lady Hester's side,
exclaiming, " Thank God, grandmother, at last I
am risfhted ! Walter has acknowleds:ed the bond
that binds me to him. Forgive me, grandmother,
for giving you one heart's pang; I have never
sinned against you and my God. I promised
Walter on the evening we were married, not to
make it known until he first revealed it, or gave
me the right to do so."
The proud half-breed bent her head, and her
tall, proud form swayed like some noble tree
shaken by a terrible storm, as she said :
"Ah ! Amy ! Amy, my child, there is much for
LADY HESTER IS FOLLOWED. 229
me to grieve over. If I had known how matters
stood between you and Walter Hampton, I could
have saved each of you many a heart's pang; but
as it is, I rejoice that he has found you."
Amy's face suddenly beamed happily, as her
little son came into the room. She raised him in
her arms and bore him to his father, saying :
" Dear, dear husband, have you no word of love
and welcome for your little Alfred, for our son ? '*
and the father's face was very white, and the voice
was low, deep and sad, as he said:
^^Oh, God! I thank Thee for this great
blessing!" Then the little fellow pillowed his
brown head on his father's bosom, and his tiny
hands caressed Walter's handsome face and brown
locks, now prematurely threaded with silver. " Oh !
Amy, my darling wife, this is a blessing I had not
expected," and Walter pressed his lips to his little
son's, as he said, " My dear father, if you could
have lived to see my joy, and know that you had
a grandson like my little Alfred !"
Amy, at this outburst, sat down beside him,
230 LADY HESTER IS FOLLOWED.
laid her hand on his knee, and told him of liis
father, and Lawrence Hastings' treachery. For a
time, Walter sat like one bereft of the power of
speech or action ; then he said :
" My noble wife, what do I not owe you for this
Lady Hester arose and took Walter's hand, and
bent over father and son, as she said :
"Walter Hampton, forgive me for all I have
made you and Amy suffer. If I had known what
I do now, I should have acted differently ; but
Amy refused to acknowledge that she was your
wife, and I thought that I was acting for the
Walter arose, kissed this stately lady, and said:
" Dear grandmother, you are forgiven freely.
But tell me, how is it I find you and my wife
in England, living in a style a prince might
Lady Hester told him what the reader already
" And now, Walter, it was on Amy's account
LADY HESTER IS FOLLOWED. 231
that your father cast you off because you loved
and married a simple American maiden. Now,
she is one of the wealthiest heiresses in England,
or will be when I am dead, and in the natural run
of events that will not be long."
" I hope you will live many, many years," said
Walter, for her kindness touched him deeply. He
saw that she was truly a noble woman, for her
eyes beamed with true nobility of soul as they
rested upon his face, and she said :
" Now that my trust and confidence in my
darling Amy are restored, I feel at this moment
as if I could almost give up my revenge upon
'^Ah ! grandmother, you will never find Amy's
father," said Walter. " Try to banish him from
" Yes, I shall see him again. I have seen him
several times in America, and I met him this
evening as I was coming home. I would almost
swear this man is Amy's father, and if so, he is
preparing the rope with which to hang himself;
232 LADY HESTER IS FOLLOWED.
but we will let him pass. Now, as to this plot
against your father, Lawrence Hastings sent word
to Hampton Mead that he was dead, while he
had him confined at Lind Hurst. Perhaps your
sister shares the same fate," said Lady Hester,
Walter sprang to his feet and began to pace the
floor, and at length said :
"You are right, grandmother. I do not believe
that Norva is dead. I must first find my father;
then I will track this villain, Hastings, and
compel him to tell me the truth. If I find harm
has come to my sister, his life shall pay for it."
IS THERE NO HOPE? 233
IS THERE NO HOPE?
THE winds moaned sadly, and the waves beat
drearily against the old ruins where poor
Norva was confined. Eighteen months had passed
since that gloomy night when she entered its walls
with such dreary forebodings, and in all that time
no friendly face had met her anxious gaze, no
word of sympathy had fallen on her ears. She
had only a few books to read, and some fancy
work with which to kill the hours that hung so
heavily upon her hands. She had now exhausted
all her resources, and could procure no writing
materials, and if she could, felt no inclination
to use them ; for what would it avail her in that
lonely sea-girt prison ? She could only sit and
brood over her helpless situation, and the great
wrong that had been done her — and by him she
234 IS THERE NO HOPE?
had loved so well and trusted so much, but whom
she now loathed with the deepest bitterness.
" I would almost rather remain here for life,
than look upon your face again," she thought.
" There is more real happiness for me in listening
to the wild waves sobbing against the rocks, than
there would be in hearing your voice; more
beauty to look out upon the boundless waste of
waters and watch the white-capped waves as they
wash the castle walls, than to behold your hand-
some, treacherous face. If it was only me you had
harmed, I could endure it with a better will ; but
to know that you have my dear father and my
poor brother also in your toils, is too much.
Thank God, I did not look upon your father's face
a few weeks ago ! Ah, Lawrence Hastings ! liberty
would not be sweet, if it came at your hands ! "
she exclaimed, and she knelt at her window, and
her lovely, dreamy eyes sought the moon, pale and
solitary as it floated in the azure heavens; and
upon w^hich she had gazed so often since her
dreary abode at Castle Rook. The moon w^as
IS THERE NO HOPE? 235
almost full that nio'ht, and takins: a field-frlass
from a rough table, she surveyed the heavens for a
time, sweephig her eyes across the starlit vaults
so far above her. At last she lowered her glass,
and looked down on the sea. How black the
waters looked below her, in the shadows of the old
walls ! As she stood there lost in thought — of
what, we shall not say — a long, deep sob fell upon
her ears. She started, and a new light shone in
her dusky eyes, and her heart throbbed painfully,
for a faint ray of hope had entered her weary soul.
Was one of her heartless jailers ill, and if so, might
she not take advantage of them and perhaps get
possession of the key to the iron gate and make
her escape ? Oh, for glorious freedom once more !
She opened the door softly, and saw old Jessine
was just coming out of the room back of hers,
with a tray in her hands. Some one had been
served with refreshments. Who could it be? Was
it Lawrence or his father? Old Jessine lifted her
head, and a grim smile played over her face, as
236 IS THERE NO HOPE?
" I have another guest, madam. Go in and see
him, if you like."
Norva made the old woman no reply, but grasped
the door to prevent her from falling; while a
deathy pallor came over her face. " It is either
Lawrence Hastings or his fath-er," she thought,
" and I cannot look on either of them."
She was in the act of going back in her room,
when that same noise again fell upon her ear.
" It cannot be either of the Hastings, but if a
stranger, why did old Jessine bid me go to him?
Would she not think I would appeal to them for
help? Perhaps there is another prisoner ! I will
go in and see ! " she muttered, as she nerved her-
self to knock at the door.
A low, broken voice bade her come in. She
lifted the latch and entered. Near the fire, with
his face buried in his thin, pale hands, sat a man
with hair almost as white as snow. He did not
lift his head as she entered. That strange instinct
implanted in our hearts led Norva to this man's
side, and an impulse she could not resist caused
her to lay her hand on his head, and say :
IS THERE NO HOPE? 237
Who are you ? In the name of heaven,
speak ! "
At the tones of her voice the head was lifted,
and for a moment Norva stood like one in a
dream. She did not cry out; her tongue refused
to perform its functions, but the man sprang to his
feet, exclaiming :
" God be praised ! my daughter, that I find you
alive ! "
The stony eyes gave him back no look of
recognition, and the lips still were mute. Mr.
Hampton gathered his suffering daughter to his
breast, and sat down with her in his lap, while he
chafed her cold hands and pressed kiss upon kiss
on her lips. Then he laid her upon the rude bed
and forced some water between her lips.
Just then Jessine again appeared. Mr. Hampton
sprang at her and grasped her by the arm with
such force that she cried out with pain. In a few
moments old Delgardo came in, followed by a
great brawny-fisted man with a brutal face, and
in a moment more Mr. Hampton lay senseless on
238 IS THERE NO HOPE?
the floor ; then they bore him from the room, while
Jessine carried Norva to her dreary chamber and
Laid her upon her bed, locking her in, while she
muttered to herself: " Madam will never look on
her father's face again ; he is in the tower chamber
now, and will never leave it alive."
The old woman went to her room and sat down
to think. Soon she was joined by her husband.
" Well, Pedro, have you got the old man safe ? "
" Yes, Jessine, safe in the tower at last. I hope
they will both soon give in, for I am getting tired
of this place, and want to go back to London.
Now that we have plenty of money to spend, I
long to see some of my old chums open their eyes
at the way old Pedro Delgardo spends monej^"
" Yes, Pedro, the provisions will last yet three
months ; then, when that is gone, we will go ; per-
haps before." Then Pedro laughed a low, cruel
Ere the sun arose the next morning old Jessine
went to Norva's room, and found her prisoner
sitting up in bed staring wildly about her, and the
poor, half-crazed creature said :
IS THERE NO HOPE? 239
"Old woman, where am I? and where is my
father ? "
"You, madam, are still in Castle Rook, and
your father is, I reckon, at Lind Hurst; if he is
" No ! no ! he is not dead ! He was here last
night! I saw him in the next room after you
bade me go to him."
"You have had a strange dream, madam. There
is no one in the next room. You must have been
walking in your sleep some time during the night.
I heard a noise and got up to see what it was ; and
I found you lying in the corridor. I took you up
and bore jou in here."
" But, Jessine, I did see my father, and he was
so terribly changed. His hair was white as snow,
and his tall form was thin and bent. Yes, yes, I
saw him or his ghost ; but as I don't believe in
ghosts, I must have seen my father. He has
traced me to this place, and you have made away
with him. Oh ! my poor ! poor father ! " she
cried, with a sad wail of anguish, and the eyes
240 IS THERE NO HOPE?
that used to look so tender, burned with the awful
light of insanity brought on by suffering and
For days and weeks she lay there, sick and
solitary, while her father remained a prisoner in
the tower chamber. He did not know she was
ill. He only knew he could not get to her. He
was chained to the wall like a felon or a maniac,
and felt that if aid did not come soon from some
quarter his frail frame would succumb, and his
enemies would triumph.
WHAT MAMMY SILVIA KNEW. 241
WHAT MAMMY SILVIA KNEW.
WALTER HAMPTON did not remain long
at Glen Park, but went to London at once,
to see if he could find any trace of his father.
After weeks of fruitless search he returned to the
Park, where Lady Hester suggested to him the
propriety of calling on the proper authorities, and
compelling Dr. Hurst to admit them in search
of the missing man. ^Yalter acted upon the
suGTsiestion, but without success.
He then thought his father mi^ht have sfone
home to America ; and with this idea, he and
Amy left their little son with Lady Hester, and
set out for Hampton Mead. They reached
"Wilminjiton in due time, and then took the sta":e
for B .
Yv^ith what different hopes and feelings Walter
passed over this road now, than when following
242 WHAT MAMMY SILVIA K N E TT.
Hester Spotswood in search of liis lost wife, who
now sat beside him !
When they reached B , they secured a con-
veyance to take them to Colonel Field's. As they
were driving slowly along, a voice, singing a song
Walter had so often heard Mammy Silvia sing in
his childhood, made him tarn to the driver, and
say, " Drive slowly, David ; I think I know that
voice," and a hapj^y light appeared in his face.
How many of us have listened to the sweet
melodies of the negroes on the plantations, the
memory of which brings back to us sweet recollec-
tions of the past, before the cares of life had
darkened our childhood's happy days. The song
that so interested Walter was this :
"I's jist on de borders ob de new Jeruselim,
I's jist on de borders ob de new Jeruselim,
I's jist on de borders ob de new Jeruselim,
And I 'spects to meet my child'en dare."
" That is Mammy Silvia, and I must see her,"
said Walter, springing from the carriage and
going to a fence, in the direction from which the
WHAT MAMMY SILVIA K N E TT. 243
voice came. He called softly, " Mammy Silvia,"
and in a few moments he was answered, by seeing
the old woman make her appearance from behind
a clump of chestnuts, and with a glad cry on her
lips, she sprang to the fence and clasped his hand,
while tears of real joy rolled down her dusky
"Oh, Mars'er Walter! I is so glad to see you
is come back to save me and Isom ! "
"To save you and icho?'' said Walter, kindly.
"We. has been sold, Mars'er Walter, Isom and
me, to Mr. Led ford."
"And who sold you. Mammy ? No one had the
right to do so save my father, and it is strange he
would part with you. Has my father been at the
Silvia s eyes opened with wonder at this ques-
tion, and she said, "No, Mars'er Walter; old
mars'er can't come from his grave ober the ocean.
It was dat white-libered debil of a Hastings as
sold me and Isom, and saunt Mr. Wilkes McCord
higher dan eber you saunt your kite. Less dan a
244 WHAT MAMMY SILVIA KNEW.
month ago, dis borned he-debil and dat beautiful
she-debil, Octavia Stanley, arribed at de Mead.
Dey say day is man and wife. But, Mars'er
Walter, come close to me, an' listen to what I has
to tell you. I always said I would get eben wif
dat debil, and I has; but I has kept my own
counsel. No one knows what I knows, not eben
Isom. A few nights arter dis two debils had arribed
at de Mead, I ebe-drops, and I heard something
dat makes me fink Miss Norva am still libing. I
has been biding my time until you come back."
" What did you hear ? " asked Hampton.
"You see, mars'er, as I said afore, arter dease
two debils had been at de Mead, I was hid in de
shrubbery near dem, and I heard Mr. Hastings
say, ' This, my lub, pays us for all our years of
plotting and planning ; ' and she say to him, ' Yes,
Lawrence; but if she was dead, I should feel more
secure, now dat her father is out of de way.' Den
he say, ' My fair, queenly Octavia, hab no fears ;
in dat old tumble-down Castle Eook on de shores
ob Carm, Coin, Con someting, I couldn't zactly
WHAT MAMMY SILVIA KNEW. 245
cotcli de meaning ob de words just what it was;
but he say she will soon be out ob de way."
" Was it Cornwall ? " said Walter, deeply
" Dat's it, mars'er! Cornwall! dat's it, honey!
Den he made some light remarks about my young
mist'ess, dat made me so mad I sprang out before
dem an' said, in dat debil's face, he was a liar. I
wish you could hab seen his look ob rage as I told
him ; if eber I saw a white debil, he was one.
He sprang at me an'' fell me to de ground, but
as I went down I grabbed his har' wif both hands
an took him wif me, but somehow arter dat I
diden't know anything for a long time. Some time
arter dis setto, Mr. Hastings come to mine an'
Isom's cabin, and say good to me like, 'Aunt
Silvia, what did you hear last night that made
you so mad, an' made you fly at me in such a
passion ? ' ' You called my young mist'ess names,'
I said, an' then to keep him from thinking I had
heard more, I said kinder soft like, ' Mr. Hastings,
I can't hear any one say anyfing against my dead
246 WHAT MAMMY SILVIA KNEW.
mist'ess.' ^Is dat all you heard, old woman?' lie
said, an' he looked at me sharp. 'It am all I
heard, so help me heben, Mr. Hastings.' For yoa
see, Mars'er Walter, I was afraid dat if he knew
what I had heard him say, him an' dat beautiful
debil would have killed me. De next day a
trader comes along, an' me and Isom was sold an'
had to leave de dear old Mead ; but afore we
reached town we met Mr. Ledford, an' I ax him
to buy me an' Isom, an' he was glad ob de chance,
an' in no time de bargain was struck. But no
one knows what I knows, Mars'er Walter, but
"Thank God, Mammy, you were not taken
away from the neighborhood. Even if you had
been, you would have been traced and returned in
time. Even if my sister were dead, that villain
had no right to sell you, for my father is living,
or was, in April. My fair, sweet wife rescued
him from an insane asylum in England."
"Your wife, Mars'er Walter! Is you mar-
WHAT MAMilT SILVIA KNEW. 247
" Yes, Maminy. Come with me to the carriage
and see if you ever saw her before. And have no
fears, Mammv, for ere the sun sroes down to-
morrow I will purchase you and Isom, and leave
you at Colonel Field's, until I again cross the
water and search for my dear sister and father."
Walter then spoke of his beautiful boy at Glen
Park, with his grandmother, Lady Hester, and
Silvia laugjhed and cried at the same time.
Silvia thoug:ht for a moment, then said :
"Did you marry a widow, Mars'er Walter?"
" No, Mammy. But here we are. Did you
ever see that lady before?" said Walter, while a
proud light shone from his eyes.
Silvia paused, and her eyes looked wild, as she
" Miss Amy Le Clare ! as sure as my name is
Silvia Turner! Miss Amy Le Clare, alive sure
enough! An' she is your wife?'*
"Yes, Mammy, my angel wife, and has been
for over three years. It was my great love for
her that made my father cast me off. He thouglit
248 WHAT MAMMY SILVIA KNEW.
I had done her a great wrong, and thinks so still.
I intended to have told him all on that sad
morning he drove me from home, but he was so
angry and wounded he would not listen, and I had
to leave him with the secret of my marriage still
locked in my bosom. Speak to my wife. Mammy,
and we will hasten on to Colonel Field's, and in the
morning I will ride over to Mr. Ledford's and get
you and old Isom."
Silvia went to Amy, and bowing low held out
her hand, saying :
'' I is most happy to welcome you into our
family, Miss Amy, and pray dat dare is brighter
days in store for us yet."
" Thank you, , Aunt Silvia, I hope so," said
Mrs. Hampton, kindly, as she took Silvia's hand
and pressed it warmly.
As Walter was about to step into the carriage,
he said, in a low tone, to Mammy:
" Tell no one that we suspect that my father
and sister are living, and we will spring a trap
for this villain Hastings, and that shameless
creature who is with him."
WHAT MAM3IY SILVIA KNEW. 249
"Hie, Mars'er Walter! you won't cotch dis
chile napping, honey; I knows just how we has
got to deal wid de debil."
When Walter reached Colonel Field's he found
his friend Charlie and a lovely wife. Walter intro-
duced his wife, who was warmly received by all
the family, and great was their astonishment
when they learned who she was.
Walter did not mention any of the strange
events that had come to his knowledge to any
but his friend Charlie, and after he had told all,
"Now, Charlie, I want you and Clift' Wilbern
to return with me to England, and help me to
prosecute a thorough search for my father and
sister. I will not go to the Mead now, but we
will set out on the day after to-morrow for
Wilmington, and catch the first vessel that leaves
" Certainly, Walter, I will aid you with all my
Next day Charlie and Walter rode over to Mr.
250 WHAT MAMMY SILVIA KNEW."
Ledford's and returned with Silvia and Isom.
They blessed the beautiful young mistress whose
wealth had purchased them. Old Silvia begged
so hard to go with her Miss Amy, that the next
day, when Charlie, Walter and Amy started for
Wilmington, Silvia accompanied them, while tears
and smiles wreathed her old black face, the one at
parting with Isom, the other in being permitted to
go in search of her other "chile," as she called
THE half-breed's REVENGE. 251
THE half-breed's REVENGE.
SOME two weeks after Walter and Amy had
left Glen Park for America, the elder
Hastings called on Lady Hester. He felt a desire
to look on the face of his daughter without being
known. It was a lovely May morning, and the
sweet songsters of the trees made the soft morning
air musical with their rich notes. As Mr.
Hastings walked slowly up to the fine old man-
sion, he cast many an admiring glance at the
beautiful home of his fair young daughter, and for
a moment thought that this might have been his
home, if he had acted honestly. /All that was past
now, so he wandered on up to the house.
Little Alfred was playing on the lawn, watched
by old Susette. The beautiful child had a string
around the neck of a small, Scotch terrier dog,
which was trying to get away from him, and
252 THE half-breed's revenge.
which brought forth a merry peal of laughter from
his red lips at its struggles. It did not escape
until it saw Mr. Hastings, and then breaking
from Alfred, it Hew towards him as he was ascend-
ing the broad marble steps, and catching his hand
suddenly in its sharp teeth drew the blood, and
then ran away. An angry frown passed over Mr.
Hastings' face as he lifted the great brass Icnocker.
In a short time he was admitted by old James,
and shown into a pleasant morning-room, where
he was soon joined by Lady Hester. A faint
smile curled her lips as she came into the room
and recognized her visitor. Mr. Hastings thought
he had never before looked on such a splendid-
looking woman. He rose at her entrance and
held out his hand, but Lady Hester did not seem
to see it, as she said, " Mr. Hastings, I have been
looking for you to call for several days, and since
my granddaughter and her husband departed for
America, I have been most anxious to see you,"
and her great black eyes never left his face.
She sank into the nearest chair, and motioned
THE half-breed's REVENGE. 253
her visitor to be seated. Just then James came to
the door with a scared, pale look on his honest
face, bearing little Alfred in his arms. Lady
Hester sprang to her feet, and said, ^' In the name
of heaven, James, what has happened to Amy's
" Nothing, I hope. Lady Hester," said James,
hurriedly ; " but little Alfred's Scotch terrier has
become rabid ; I have him secure now. As he
comes out of one fit he goes into another; it is
fearful to see him suffer, and the green froth
issuing from his mouth."
''Kill him at once," said Lady Hester, taking
her grandchild in her arms, as all the color left
She glanced at Mr. Hastings, who sat with a
look of horror on his pale face.
"Are you ill, Mr. Hastings?" she said.
Her visitor did not answer her, but said, " Can
it be possible the dog is mad? He drew the blood
from my hand as I came in, but I did not notice
anything strange about him."
254 THE half-breed's revenge.
" I am sorry, sir ; but I fear it is as James says,
and if that is the case, you are a doomed man ;
and, knowing how badly you must feel, I will not
try to torture you further, but will merely say,
God is just, and punishes his law-breakers even
in this world."
Mr. Hastings looked at the speaker with white
lips, and said, *' What do you mean, Lady
She answered, " Where is Mr. Hampton's
beautiful daughter, and where is my fair, sweet
child, whom you decoyed from her home in
Norfolk twenty years ago?"
" Why do you ask me for your child, madam ?
Did you not tell me she died years ago ? " and Mr.
Hastings' knees trembled ; for at every heart-throb
of this man, the poison was spreading through his
system. Lady Hester looked at him long and
earnestly. She thought of her beautiful daughter
so cruelly wronged, and of the feeling of revenge
that had slumbered in her bosom so long; and
looking at this pale, horror-stricken man, she said,
THE half-breed's REVENGE. 255
" There are some things in this world, Mr. Hast-
ings, that once done, can never be undone ; but
you can make amends so far as to acknowledge
your sin against my daughter, and tell where
you and your son Lawrence have hidden Norva
Hastings; I am confident she is not dead."
A sickly smile played over his pallid face, as he
said, " Lady Hester, I am too old to be frightened
into making any acknowledgments against my
will. This is a fine story, got up about a mad
dog, to try and frighten me."
Lady Hester arose, and gave Alfred into the
care of Susette, and said, " Come with me, Mr.
Hastings : we will see for ourselves."
Old James was almost in the act of shooting
the dog when they went out.
" Wait a moment, James : I wish to watch the
dog for a v/hile, to be sure he is mad."
" There can be no mistake as to that, my lady,
and I shudder to think what a narrow escape our
little Alfred had."
"Yes, Lady Hester, the man is right; the dog
256 THE half-breed's revenge.
is mad, and I must have medical aid at once,"
" Too late, sir : even if at any time there was a
shadow of hope ; for in a case of this kind your
doom is sealed, sooner or later. It may be days,
it may be weeks or months, but the end is bound
to come," said Lady Hester, solemnly. " Not
even your friend Dr. Hurst can save you."
Lady Hester and her visitor went back to
the house, and Alfred's grandmother carefully
examined him to make sure he had escaped the
awful doom that hung over Mr. Hastings.
" This, sir, is the son of Walter Hampton and
Amy Le Clare. They are now on their way to
America, in search of Mr. Hampton, who has not
been heard from since my granddaughter rescued
him from Lind Hurst. It was reported he was
dead, but as that is false, I feel convinced that
you and your son have Norva confined in some
place as bad, if not worse. Tell me where she is:
and why you assumed the name of Le Clare to
destroy my beautiful daughter."
THE half-breed's REVENGE. 257
After a little while, he said: "Lady Hester, why
do you think it I that took your daughter from
" Many things lead me to believe so. The
description I had of your person from my
daughter before her death, and the strange
likeness there is at times between Amy Hamp-
ton and yourself, and when I first met you in
America, I felt you w^ere the man. When I
told you the story of my poor Amy's wrongs,
and you trembled, I knew, as well as if my Amy
had come and told me, you were the man that
called yourself Le Clare, and that you were the
father of my beloved granddaughter. At one time
I had planned a terrible revenge on you ; but God
has seen fit to take things in his own hands. How
much wiser and kinder He is than we poor worms
of the dust! My revenge in its bitterest form
could not equal this horrid torture you must carry
in your soul the few remaining days you will have
to remain in this world."
Mr. Hastings trembled as he said : " Lady
258 THE half-breed's revenge.
Hester, I will tell you one thing, and that is all.
Your daughter was my wife. We were legally
married, and I will give you the marriage certifi-
cate, if that will be of any satisfaction to you. I
did your daughter a great wrong when I told her
she was not my wife, and when I deserted her as
I did. As to Norva Hastings, she is dead. And
now I will hold my daughter's son in my arms ;
then bid you good-morning. I came here thinking
to see my daughter ; but perhaps I will never see
her. It is well, perhaps. She can have but little
love for me," he said, gloomily, as he took Walter's
and Amy's wondering child in his arms and pressed
his lips to the little one's innocent face, and put
him down. He looked at him for a time, then
turned to leave Glen Park, but Lady Hester
pressed him to stay beneath her roof; but he said
he would go, and return at the end of a week.
He did so, and on the morning of the eleventh
day, as he was making his toilet for breakfast,
he was taken with spasms. Everything was done
for him that was possible : but all to no purpose.
THE half-breed's reyenge. 259
In three days, he who had caused so much suffer-
ing to others passed away. From the day the dog
bit him until his death, his mind had been in
awful dread and horror, and words could not
express the fearful physical tortures he endured,
knowing, as he did, what must be his wretched
fate, the most horrible of deaths. It was not
known where he spent the time after he left Glen
Park, until his return, but Lady Hester supposed
he went to Lind Hurst. After his death she had
him buried with care; for he had been the hus-
band of her daughter, and Amy Hampton's father.
260 FATHER AND DAUGHTER.
FATHER AND DAUGHTER.
FOUR months have passed since Mr. Hampton
was consigned to the tower at Castle Rook.
Old Delgardo and his wife had taken their
departure for London, and father and daughter
were left to themselves. Again, it is a night of
storm and darkness, and never had the prisoners'
prospects looked so gloomy as now; neither had
tasted food since the night before, for there was
none at hand, and they had been left to perish by
starvation. As the storm rages in its fury, Norva
slowly and with faltering steps goes to her father's
side, laid her head on his knee, and said :
" Father, dear father, it will soon be over.
Soon we will be beyond the reach of our cruel
persecutors, soon free from human, but fiendish
hands that have so cruelly treated us. No
human aid can reach us. We are here alone,
FATHER AND DAUGHTER. 261
weak and helpless, surrounded by a wall thirty
feet high on three sides, and on the fourth one
hundred feet to the dark sea that beats and
moans so sadly. There is no escape for us from
this horrible place, and no food; so, dear father,
we must resign ourselves to our fate, and pray
God to take us soon unto Himself, if it be His
will. Oh, dear father! if you had your health
and liberty in the dear old Mead, I could meet
my fate almost without a murmur. But when I
think it was my own want of proper judgment in
making Lawrence Hastings my husband, whom,
if I had studied well, I might have known was a
viRain, that has brought all this misery to our
home, it makes me doubly wretched. My
anguish, my punishment is more than I can
bear ! " and the thin form of the once beautiful
Norva Hampton quivered with grief
" There, my daughter," said her father, " do not
reproach yourself. We were both deceived in
Lawrence Hastings, but Walter was not, for he
seemed to understand the man perfectly. As you
262 FATHER AND DAUGHTER.
say, Norva, our fate is sealed, and we will not
spend our few remaining hours in reproaching
those who have doomed us to such a death. Ah,
Norva ! I hope soon we will be with your gentle
mother. It seems to me that she is very near me
to-night, and when I greet her, how can I tell her
of your brother Walter, and of my great injustice
to him for loving that beautiful, heroic creature.
Amy Le Clare?"
He was going to say more, but Norva suddenly
raised one hand and said :
" Hark, father ! I heard some one knocking on
the entrance gate."
He raised his head and listened. He, too,
heard a knocking, and said :
" Some poor, belated wanderers who wish to
seek shelter from the storm ; but we cannot admit
" But," said Norva, " can we not let them know
we are prisoners here, and get them to send us
^*True," said he; "but those chains bind me
FATHER AND DAUGHTER. 263
here, and I am too weak to raise my voice above
" Then I will try to make myself heard," said
Norva, as she arose from her father's knee. She
took one step towards the door but fell senseless.
The faint light of the candle shone dimly from
the tower chamber, and the knocking became
louder, until at last a portion of the high, massive
wall gave way, but the inmates of the lonely
tower chamber were unconscious of what was
going on without in that dark and stormy night.
When the early September sun arose over the
lonely sea-girt prison, father and daughter lay
unconscious that they were in a quiet little inn
and surrounded by friends.
After a time each awoke and at a glance knew
they were not at Castle Rook. Mr. Hampton
was the first to make the discovery, and in a low
voice whispered :
"Where am I?" and a gentle voice replied:
"With friends. Here, drink this!" and Charlie
Field held a glass of wine to the old man's lips.
He swallowed it, and then said :
2G4 FATHER AND DAUGHTER.
" Where am I ? Whose friendly voice is it I
hear ? " and his face lighted up with something of
the old grand look that it used to wear as he
stood on the banks of the river among his well-
" Not now," said Charlie, " but wait until you
have partaken of some food. Then I will tell
Just then there was a low knock at the door.
Charlie went and opened it. It was a waiter with
some breakfast for Mr. Hampton.
^' There, sir, is a cup of coffee fit for his Majesty.
Those chops are browned to a turn, and those
rolls are delicious. When these are despatched I
will answer any questions you may put to me,"
said Charlie, in a cheerful voice.
Mr. Hampton followed the directions of his
kind nurse, often during the repast looking at
Charlie with an inquiring and grateful look on
his noble but careworn face. After he had
finished his welcome meal he turned to Charlie
and said ;
FATHER AND DAUGHTER. 2G5
"Charlie Field, in the name of heaven, how
came jou here? Where am I? and where is my
poor daughter?" At the mention of Norva his
soul seemed to go out to the joung man who bent
so tenderly over him.
Charlie's face assumed a bright look as he said :
'* I will answer your questions now. You are
in the town of Penzance, surrounded with friends,
and it is as well with your daughter as could
be expected under the circumstances. Don't
become excited when I tell you that your son
Walter is with his sister at this moment adminis-
tering to her wants. We are in hopes that, in a
few days, you and your daughter will be able to go
to Manchester, and, shortly after, embark for the
Charlie Field then told him of the elder Hast-
ings' death at Glen Park. Mr. Hampton put his
thin, trembling hands over his face, and remained
in deep thought for a long time ; then he called
Charlie, and said :
" Please send my son to me ; that is, if he can
266 FATHER AND DAUGHTER.
SO far forgive me, for banishing liim from home
and taking a viper to my bosom in his place,
finally to sting me."
We will pass over the meeting of father and
son, and hasten to the time when all were able to
leave Penzance, although neither of them were
very strong as yet; but the presence of Walter,
Cliff Wilbern and Charlie Field helped to cheer
them, and in a measure were instrumental in their
rapid recovery. Mr. Hampton felt that soon he
would tread the shores of his adopted country.
Norva thought lovingly of her mountain home far
Walter had written to Amy of his success in
finding his father and sister, telling her she might
expect them any day.
Just as the carriage drew up at the gates of
Glen Park, Norva turned to her brother, and said :
** I am very anxious to see your wife, that precious
boy of yours, and dear old Mammy Silvia," and
the glad tears rolled down the speaker's pale, thin
FATHER AND DAUGHTER. 2G7
" There they are, sister."
Norva looked in the direction her brother
pointed, and a burst of admiration escaped her as
she beheld the beautiful vision. Amy in her
walking-suit, Mammy Silvia's dear old face, with
great gold hoop earrings in her ears, and little
Alfred in her loving arms, made a very pretty
"God bless my loved ones," said Walter,
tenderly ; "I have them all again."
268 HOMEWARD BOUND.
V NOBLE vessel rides the waves of the broad
Atlantic; she is in mid-ocean, bound for
New York. There is a little party seated together
on her upper deck, watching the Indian summer
sun as it seems to sink down into the bosom of the
deep. This party consists of ten persons — namely,
Mr. Hampton, who is fast regaining his health,
and with little Alfred seated on his knee. Lady
Hester Glenmore Spotswood, Charlie Field, Cliff
Wilbern ; there is also Walter Hampton, with hig
wdfe at his right, and his pale sister at his left,
and old Mammy Silvia at a little distance.
" Now, I w^onder," she thought, " if there was
eber an' ole nigger as eber had three such chil'en
as dem : Miss Norva, wid her pale, dark beauty,
an' eyes like stars on a soft summer's night, an*
Miss Amy, wid her hair like gold an' her cheeks
HOMEWARD BOUND. 269
like apple blossoms, an' young Mars'er Walter —
why, he beats de King of England all hollow. I
saw de ole gemman wid deas eyes of mine, while
we was in London, an' he can't begin to hold a
candle to de chile dis ole nigger took in her arms
an' pat de first clothes on. And now he, too, has
got a baby-boy — -just like he was at his age."
" Look, brother," said Norva, straining her eyes
far ahead ; " is that not a sail ?"
" I think it is," said he, looking in the direction
of her gaze.
The soft breeze fanned Norva's cheeks, and a
fliint dash of color stole into her pale face as she
took the glass from her brother's hand, and
watched what appeared to be a mere speck on the
horizon. She watched it with a strange eagerness,
until twilight settled over the deep. After a time,
a faint light tinged the starry heavens, which
grew brighter and brighter each moment. '
"What is the meaning of that bright light?"
asked Mr. Hampton.
" I think it is a burning vessel," Cliif Wilborn
270 HOMEWARD BOUND.
replied, with a pale, troubled look, "and, if so,
God help those on board."
By this time, the two vessels were so near each
other that the cries for help could be plainly
heard, as many persons leaped into the sea, where
some found a watery grave. A large number
were saved by the crew of the vessel on which our
friends were passengers.
After breakfast, next morning, the stewardess
came to Lady Hester, who was on deck, and asked
if she and the other two ladies would not prepare
the body of a beautiful girl for burial, as they
were the only ladies on board.
" Certainly," said Lady Hester, sadly : " we will
be in the cabin soon."
Going up to her granddaughter and Norva, who
were walking arm-in-arm, she made known what
was wanted of them below. Walter saw them to
the cabin, where they were met by the stewardess,
who conducted them at once to the state-room,
where the cold, still form lay.
"When did the young lady die?" said Lady
HOMEWARD BOUND. 271
Hester, turning down the white sheet and exposing
the beautiful face to view.
" She was dead when taken from the water,"
replied the stewardess.
Norva by this time had entered the room, and
had caught a glimpse of the cold, marble face.
She threw her hands up, exclaiming, " Oh,
heavens! it is Octavia Stanley;" then turning
away, she fell fainting to the floor.
Walter, who w^as still lingering in the cabin,
saw his sister fall. He hastened at once to her
side, and gently lifted her in his strong arms and
bore her to her state-room ; then calling Amy, he
said, "Darling, what is the matter with Norva?"
Amy looked very sad, as she said, " Dear
Walter, have you no idea who lies dead in the
" No," said he, as he pressed his sister's cold
hands between his warm palms.
"Then," said Amy, "I will tell you: it is
Octavia Stanley; and you may know how her
presence, either living or dead, would affect dear
272 HOMEWARD BOUND.
Norva," said Walter's wife, sadly, as she kissed
the fainting girl's lips.
"Yes/' said Walter, turning pale, "I under-
stand ; but where is her partner in crime ? — where
is Lawrence Hastiniis?"
In a short time his questions would be answered.
Norva soon recovered from her fainting fit. Her
large black eyes were strange and wild, as she
said, " Dear brother, am I dreaming, or did I
really see Octavia lying cold and still in death?"
and a shiver ran through her delicate frame.
"It is reality, my darling sister; the vengeance
of God has overtaken her."
Lady Hester just then tapped at the door, and
said all was done that was necessary.
At ten o'clock, when the sun shone brightly,
and a gentle gale was blowing from the east, all
the passengers assembled to witness one of the most
sad and solemn of all burials — a burial at sea.
Our party of friends were standing together near
the pale form that soon was to find a last resting-
place beneath the waves. The captain had ojoened
HOMEWARD BOUND. 278
his book to read the solemn burial rites, when a
tall, ghastly figure stepped up, and knelt at the
side of the dead s^irl. For a moment he remained
thus, then arose, and turned his face away. The
captain went on with the services, and soon all
that was left of the earth earthly of the beautiful
and erring Octavia Stanley was consigned to the
great sea of waters.
Again the tall form that had kept his back to
our party of friends, turned and faced them.
There was a look of demoniac triumph in the face,
as he fixed his eyes on Norva, and said :
^^And so, Mrs. Hastings, we meet again. It
seems that you have outwitted me at last. All of
you are on your way to Hampton Mead."
Norva was as pale as death, and could make no
reply, and as all the rest seemed too much aston-
ished to speak, old Silvia drew near and said :
"Yes, Mr. Hastings, through me they has
outgeneraled you. I always told Miss Norva I
would get eben wid de debil, an' so I has. It
was me as led Mars'er Walter where to find my
274 HOMEWARD BOUND.
beautiful young mist'ess ; de night on wliicli you
made at me an' I dragged you to the earth with
me, I learned Miss Norva was at Castle Rook; but
' I was old an' thought I would not let you get tins
knowledge from me. So, when Mars'er Walter an'
my young Miss Amy came back to 'Merica, I gib
my young mars'er the info'mation, an' so, Mr.
Hastings, we is all here, on our way back to de
At this moment Mr. Hampton stepped forth, as
if to speak to the man that had robbed him and
his daughter of liberty so long. Walter stood
somewhat in the rear, with his wife and child near
him. He was pale with excitement and agitation
at beholding his old enemy again, but, remember-
ing the occasion that had assembled them on
deck, he restrained himself, and waited for his
father to speak. Hastings cast his eyes over the
deck; near him he discovered a huge piece of iron;
he stooped and picked it ujd, w^hile a grim smile
overspread his face; then looking earnestly in
Amy Hampton's face, while a change came over
HOMEWARD BOUND. 275
his look — a change of feeling, a softened, tender
expression that no one had ever seen before, he
" Farewell, sweet, beautiful sister, you will
enjoy the great wealth of the Hamptons, while I,
your brother, will sleep in mid-ocean with the only
woman I ever loved," and as he spoke he leaped
into the sea.
The passengers were horror-stricken at the
sight. Norva, who had been so deeply wronged,
and who had suffered so much at this man's
hands, fainted in her father's arms, while Amy
turned to Lady Hester, as if asking an explana-
tion of this man's words, " My beautiful sister;"
what did it mean ? Lady Hester understood the
appealing look, and said :
"Yes, dearest Amy, that poor demented creature
was right : you are his half-sister ; his father
married your young mother under the name of
Le Clare. Here is the marriage certificate," and
the speaker handed Walter the folded paper the
elder Hastings had given her at Glen Park. Amy
276 HOMEWARD BOUND.
sank on her knees, while her face was bowed, as
Mr. Hampton and Charlie Field went below
with the still fainting form of Norva. The captain
gave orders to have boats lowered to recover the
daring young man that had S|)rang overboard, as
soon as he should rise to the surface, but they did
not find him. He and his only love still sleep
beneath the ocean waves, until they shall be
called at the great day to answer for the deeds
done in the body.
THE SHADOW IS GONE. 277
THE SHADOW IS GONE.
TWO years have passed away since Norva
Hastings saw her husband sink beneath the
ocean waves to rise no more. Again it is Septem-
ber, and at dear old Hampton Mead. Again she
is to be a bride : this time all the members of her
family are delighted with her choice. No doubts fill
her brother's mind as he sees her lean on the arm
of the noble Cliff Wilbern. Well might father and
son trust Norva's happiness to this excellent and
eloquent divine. The soft autumn breezes steal
over mountains, rivers and valley, as those two are
united in a marriage of hearts as well as hands.
No influence save that of pure love implanted in
each heart binds them on this happy occasion.
And old Mammy Silvia, who is looking on, turns
to Isom — her husband — and says :
" Tings is as dey should be, an' I is glad I has
278 THE SHADOW IS GONE.
lived to see de day when Miss Norva is wedded
wid her equal. I always did say it should have
been ; an' so it should, an' so it is."
" Yes, Silvia, things is as they should be," said
Wilkes McCord, as he was passing by and over-
heard old Silvia's remark to her husband; "they
make a splendid-looking couple."
In a few days the bride and groom left the
Mead for Wilmington, where Mr. Wilbern had
charge of a church. Mr. Hampton had been loth
to give his daughter up. But she who had first
won Walter's heart as Amy Le Clare, threw her
soft, snowy arms around his neck, and said :
"Dear father, I know your loss is great, but let
me be a daughter to you during Norva's absence."
The proud, noble face of Mr. Hampton looked
down on the beautiful \voman, and taking her
delicate hands in his, he said :
" God bless you. Amy, my daughter, mother of
Walter's beautiful boy, in whose veins flows the
blood of the Cherokees. I love and bless you,"
and the white head bent and his lips pressed the
fair brow of Walter's little savage wife.
THE SHADOW IS GONE. 279
A few years later Ladj Hester went to rest
with her ancestors, and Amy became the lady of
Glen Park and its magnificent surroundings, but
still she could not leave Hampton Mead.
Almost before she or Walter was aware of it,
little Alfred was of age, and went over to Glen
Park, where he was born, to look after the
property. At that time he was betrothed to his
fair cousin Caroline Wilbern. Soon he returned
to claim his bride. On his father s death Walter
became owner of Hampton Mead.
A few years ago, we spent several weeks with
him and Amv, and fished in the lake where
Norva had sat under the shadow of the statue of
Diana, when the irreat shadow of her first marriasre
began to fall so thickly around her. We drank
from the clear crystal spring where Walter first
met his love. Although nearly fifty years ha^^e
passed since then, she is still the idol of his heart.
Mrs. Walter Hampton presented us with a piece
of handiwork done by her grandmother, Lady
Hester, the half-breed. A shadow no longer hangs
280 THE SHADOW IS GONE.
over Hampton Mead. It continues to be one of the
loveliest spots on earth.
When we were at the Mead we had many a
long talk with old Silvia. She said she was over
one hundred years old, and still loves to tell how
she got " eben wid de debil/' years ago.
"Dat, honey, was before my old man Isom died;
when I was a young an' handsome woman, afore
my har got white as a sheep, an' my ole eyes
got so dim. But we will all get ole, honey chile,
if we \ive long enough," said she, sadly.
Now we will say good-bye to Hampton Mead, as
it looked to us as we drove away from its hos-
pitable doors : with the early summer sun kissing
the blue waters of the lake, and gilding the grand
and lofty mountain peaks with its brilliant rays ;
Walter, tall and commanding, with hair white as
snow, standing on the door-steps with Amy by his
side, each waving us a fond adieu.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbern are there also, and no
shadow rests on Norva's face. A tall, lovely
brunette stands near her; this is her grand-
THE SHADOW IS GONE. 281
daughter, also Walter's and Amy's. She is
Alfred's daughter, and they call her Lady Hester.
Alfred and his wife had gone to Glen Park, and
we had not the pleasure of seeing them ; but we
hope when we go to Hampton Mead again to find
them all gathered beneath its old and ample roof.
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David Copperfield, Cloth, 3.00
Oliver Twist, Cloth, 3.00
Christmas Stories, Cloth, 3.00
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Sketches by "Boz," Cloth, 3.00
Barnaby Rudge, Cloth, 3.00
Martin Chuzzlewit, Cloth, 3.00
Old Curiosity Shop, Cloth, 3.00
Little Dorrit, Cloth, 3.00
Dombey and Son, Cloth, 3.00
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Little Dorrit, Cloth, 1.75
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Dombey and Son, 50
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Martin Chuzzlewit, 50
Old Curiosity Shop, 50
Oliver Twist, 50
American Notes, 25
Hard Times, 25
A Tale of Two Cities, 25
Somebody's Luggage, 25
Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings, 25
Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy, 25
Mugby .Junction, 25
Pr. MarigoM's Prescriptions,... 25
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Message from the Spa, 25
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Little Dorrit, 60
Christmas Stories, 50
Barnaby Rudge, 50
Sketches by " Boz," 50
Great Expectations, 50
Joseph Griiiialdi, 50
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The Haunted House, 25
Uncommercial Traveller, 25
A House to Let, 25
Perils of English Prisoners, 25
Wreck of the Golden Mary, 25
Tom Tiddler's (Ground, 25
Dickens' New Stories, 25
Laz}' Tour Idle Apprentices, 25
The Holly-Tree Inn, 25
No Thoroughfare, 25
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POPPING THE QUESTION.- By author of " The Jilt."
FIRST AND TRUE LOVE. By George Sand. ,
THE COQUETTE. A Chai-ming Love Storj'. By author of " Misserimu«.»»
THE MYSTERY. A Love Storj-. By Mrs. Henry Wood.
THE MAN WITH FIVE WIVES. By Alexander Dumas.
THE JEALOUS WIFE. By Miss Julia Pardee.
THACKERAY'S IRISH SKETCH BOOK. Illustrated.
THE WIPE'S TRIALS. A Love Story. By Miss Julia Pardoe.
PICKWICK ABROAD. Illustrated. By George W. M. Reynolds.
THE DEAD SECRET. By Wilkie Collins.
CONFESSIONS OF A PRETTY WOMAN. By Miss Pardos.
SYLVESTER SOUND. By author of " Valentine Vox."
BASIL ; or. The Crossed Path. By Wilkie Collins
THE RIVAL BEAUTIES. By Miss Julia Pardoe.
THE STEWARD. By author of " Valentine Vox."
MARRYING FOR MONEY. By Mrs. Mackenzie Daniels.
THE LOVE MATCH. A Love Story. By Henry Cockton
FLIRTATIONS IN AMERICA; or, High Life in New Yor».
WHITEFRIARS ; or. The Days of Charles the Second.
HIDE AND SEEK. A Novel. By Wilkie Collins.
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MS. EfflA D. E. I SOnTHWORTH'S WORKS.
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lished an entire new, complete and unij'onn edition of all of the cele-
hrtit.ed works written hy Mrs. Emma D. E. .N. Southworth. This edition
is in daodccimo form, is ])rinted on the finest ichite paper, is complete
in fort (/-three volumes, and each volume is bound in morocco cloth , with
a full (jilt back, and is sold at the low price o/Sl.75 a volume, or .$75.25
for a fall and complete set. Every Eamily, and every Library in this
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vorhs of 31rs. Soatliworth. The following are the names of the volumes :
THE PHANTOM WEDDING; or, the Fall of the House of Flint.
SELF-RAISED; or. From the Depths. Sequel to "Ishmael."
ISHMAEL; or, IN THE DEPTHS. (Being " Selt-Made.")
THE "MOTHER-IN-LAW;" or, MARRIED IN HASTE.
THE MISSING BRIDE; or, MIRIAM, THE AVENGER.
VICTOR'S TRIUMPH. Sequel to "A Beautiful Fiend."
A BEAUTIFUL FIEND; or, THROUGH THE FIRE.
LADY OF THE ISLE; or, THE ISLAND PRINCESS.
FAIR PLAY; or, BRITOMARTE, THE MAN-HATER.
HOW HE WON HER. A Sequel to " Fair Play."
THE CHANGED BRIDES; or, Winning Her Way.
THE BRIDE S FATE. Sequel to "The Changed Brides."
CRUEL AS THE GRAVE; or, Hallow Eve Mystery.
TRIED FOR HER LIFE. A Sequel to "Cruel as the Grave."
THE CHRISTMAS GUEST; or, The Crime and the Curse.
THE BRIDE OF LLEWELLYN.
THE LOST HEIR OF LINLITHGOW; or, The Brothers.
A NOBLE LORD. Sequel to " Lost Heir of Linlithgow."
THE FAMILY DOOM; or, THE SIN OF A COUNTESS.
THE MAIDEN WIDOW. Sequel to " Family Doom."
THE GIPSY'S PROPHECY; or, The Bride of an Evening,
THE FORTUNE SEEKER; or, Astrea. The Bridal Day.
THE THREE BEAUTIES ; or, SHANNONDALE.
ALLWORTH ABBEY; or, EUDORA.
FALLEN PRIDE; or, THE MOUNTAIN GIRL'S LOVE.
INDIA; or, THE PEARL OF PEARL RIVER.
VIVIA; or, THE SECRET OF POWER.
THE BRIDAL EVE ; or, ROSE ELMER.
THE DISCARDED DAUGHTER; or. The Children of the Isle.
THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS; or, HICKORY HALL.
THE TWO SISTERS; or, Virginia and Magdalene.
THE FATAL MARRIAGE; or, ORVILLE DEVILLE.
THE WIDOW'S SON: or, LEFT ALONE.
THE MYSTERY OF DARK HOLLOW.
THE DESERTED WIFE. THE WIFE'S VICTORY.
THE LOST HEIRESS. THE ARTIST'S LOVE.
THE HAUNTED HOMESTEAD. LOVE'S LABOR WON.
THE SPECTRE LOVER. CURSE OF CLIFTON.
THE FATAL SECRET. RETRIBUTION.
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THE SHADOW OP HAMPTON MEAD.
A OHAEMIK"G STOET.
BY MRS. ELIZABETH VAN LOON.
Autlior of <*A Heart Twice Won."
" The Shadow of Hamptox Mead," essentially an American story,
though a part of the action takes place in England, is a production
which, in some degree, belongs to the class of romantic fiction, blending
incidents and character, which Mrs. Radclilfe had made very popular
before " the Great Unknown " came into the field as a novelist. Hampton
Mead, a plantation in North Carolina, is described with a great deal of
personal liking and pride, its principal features being placed before the
reader with a painter's skill and a poet's feeling. Such, indeed, was to be
expected from the pen of Mrs. Elizabeth Van Loon, who had shown in
a previous and very popular work, how well she could place the scenery
which she loved, because she was familiar with it from her youth, before
admiring readers. "A Heart Twice Won," her former work, was very
successful, though her first plunge into authorship, because of its unhack-
neyed freshness. In " The Shadow of Hampton Mead " she takes a
bolder and a higher flight. It is the story of three families, two of which
are American, and tlie varying fortunes of each and all of these are
related with a force and freshness which may startle, but must please.
The story opens in this country, (its author writes at her best when her
foot is on her native soil, with shadows from its beloved mountains making
the valleys shady but not gloomy), and when well developed, is trans-
ferred to England, where, in full contrast, life-passages and love-passages
are presented — not in London alone, but in an Earl's palatial home in
Lancashire, and in an ocean-washed castle on the rocky coast of Corn-
wall. There is infinite variety in the plot as well as in the characters,
and the wind-up of this romantic tale, in which " the wrong is made
right," dispenses poetical justice to all, with retributive punishment to
the wrong-doers. Bound in morocco cloth, black and gold. Price $1,50.
A HEART TWICE WON; or, SECOND LOVE. By Elizabeth Van Loon,
author of " The Shadow of Hampton Mead." Complete in one lai-ge
duodecimo volume, morocco cloth, black and gold. Price $1.50.
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UNDER THE WILLOWS
THE THEEE COMTESSES.
BY MRS. ELIZABETH VAN LOON.
Author of "A Heart Twice Wou," and of
"The Shadow of Hampton Mead."
"Under the Willows," by Mrs. Elizabeth Van Loon, author of
"A Heart Twice Won," and " The Shadow of Hampton Mead," undoubt-
edly shows that to compose an original and striking work of prose fiction
is not among ''the lost arts," about which a great orator used eloquently
to discourse some years ago. Most of the characters are American, but
the action shifts from the New World to the Old — from this country to
Europe, France, and Italy. This is a strange mixture of reality and
romance. Characters the most contrasted are brought together in the
strangest and the most uuexpected combinations. Incidents the most
startling are adroitly narrated with so much vraisemblance that the reader
will be puzzled how to take them; yet the improbable eventually turns
out to be the truth, and what might be anticipated from their results does
not occur. In these da_vs, when society novels, historical novels, profes-
sional novels, literary novels, tourist novels, and sensational novels are
very numerous, it is well, if only by way of relief, to have a story in which
the writer, following the aboriginal example, so carefully "covers up her
tracks," almost from the very first chapter, that the ingenuity of even
practised readers is kept on the qui vive until the wholly uuexpected wind-
ing up. "Under the Willows" is a romance of unbroken interest, in
which the wild and wonderful are more largely develoj)ed than in most
compositions of its class. In this respect it eclijjses "A Heart Twice
Won," and " The Shadow of Hampton Mead," preceding and popular
works from the same pen.
OTHER NEW BOOKS BY SAME AUTHOR.
A HEART TWICE WON; or, SECOND LOVE. By the author of
" Under the Willows," and " The Shadow of Hampton Mead." One
large duodecimo volume, morocco cloth, black and gold. Price $1.50.
THE SHADOW OF HAMPTON MEAD. A Story of Three Families. By
the author of "A Heart Twice Won," and " Under the Willows." One
large duodecimo volume, morocco cloth, black and gold. Price $1.50.
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A HEART TWICE WON;
A CHARMING STORY.
BY MRS, ELIZABETH VAN LOON.
"A HEAET TWICE WON; or, SECOND LOVE." By Mrs.
Elizabeth Van Loon. The present might be correctly described as
the period of romantic fiction. It seems as if a new novel were published
almost every day. The merit of these varies, of course, but their general
execution is good. Now and then a new writer appears to take the read-
ing world by storm. In this category may be placed the author of
"A Heart Twice Won" (a capital title), in which the mystery of the
plot is at once veiled and half revealed. A most experienced critic, who
has probably read two-thirds of the novels of the last forty years, says,
"'A Heart Twice Won' viust be a brilliant success. That it is by a
new writer, is very evident; it is equally obvious, from the delicacy and
force with which the plot has been framed and worked out to a legitimate
conclusion, as well as from the development of the respective characters,
that a young lady is the author. It is pure as well as passionate. More-
over, the incidents, sometimes startling, are all within the legitimate
limit of probability. The scene, alternately in Virginia and in Europe, is
always accurately realistic — whether the action takes place on a Southern
estate, or amid fashionable society in London, or (still more difficult to
depict) in an Earl's ancestral castle in rural England. Nothing can
exceed the easy grace, and truth of the last. The dialogue is at once nat-
ural and expressive; and, above all, this is, most intensely, a thorough
love tale." This opinion, though not written for publication, accurately
characterizes "A Heart Twice W^on."
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